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2014-07-16 05:28:59

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Since its safe landing in August 2012, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has been busily carrying out its assigned tasks and making new discoveries. Yesterday, NASA released a new image from the intrepid little rover in which it shows an iron meteorite encountered on its travels. The meteorite, dubbed "Lebanon," is similar in shape and luster to iron meteorites found on Mars by the previous generation of rovers, Spirit and Opportunity....

Meteorites Brought Phosphorus Life To Earth
2013-06-05 12:53:49

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has determined that meteorites that impacted Earth some 3.5 billion years ago could have helped kick start life on this planet. Scientists at the University of Washington and the University of South Florida have found that the heavy bombardment by meteorites early in our planet´s history provided the reactive phosphorus that was essential for the...

Primitive Batteries Helped Power Primordial Soup
2013-04-05 06:08:03

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A research team at the University of Leeds may have solved the question of how objects from space could have kindled life on Earth. Scientists generally accept that some of the important ingredients for life came from meteorites impacting the early Earth. However, they have not been able to explain how that inanimate rock transformed into the building blocks of life. The new study, published in Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta,...

Space Rocks Sell At Auction
2012-10-15 10:14:49

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online On Sunday, auctioneers in New York put some of the most notable meteorites from modern history up for bid and watched as many of them sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Chunks of Mars and the Moon were among the more than 125 space rocks that were made available during the private auction that brought in over $1 million dollars. Prospective buyers packed the auction room at the Fletcher Sinclair Mansion located next to the...

Space Buddha Statue Carved From Meteorite
2012-09-27 04:50:27

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A thousand year old religious icon, a Nazi SS expedition into Tibet, and a meteorite. Sounds like the latest installment in the Indiana Jones franchise, right? You aren't far off. A small Buddhist statue, originally uncovered by a Nazi expedition to Tibet, has been analyzed by scientists and found to have been carved from a meteorite fragment. In 1938, renowned zoologist and ethnologist Ernst Schafer led an expedition into Tibet. It...

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2010-06-03 06:05:00

Scientists recently announced that a 40-pound ancient meteorite has been discovered in north central Oregon. According to researchers studying the stone, the rock found in a ditch along a stretch of road is from outer space and traveled across millions of miles and billions of years to reach Earth. Donald Wesson and his wife Debbie picked up the cone-shaped meteorite during the fall of 1999 as they drove through Oregon's wheat country on their way home to Washington.  This is the fifth...

2009-08-19 15:30:40

A recent meteorite discovery on Mars and an edible classroom activity provide a scrumptious way to kick off the new school year with a meteorite lesson.Mars meteorite discoveredNASA's Opportunity Mars rover recently spotted a rock that looked as big as a large watermelon. Scientists used instruments on the rover to determine that this large rock was indeed a meteorite. In fact, it's the largest meteorite yet found on Mars. Opportunity also determined that it is an iron-nickel meteorite and...

2008-06-10 09:00:00

A meteorite resembling Michigan's Lower Peninsula has been sold at auction, but bidders weren't quite as smitten with the mitten as the seller expected. The 75-pound nickel-and-iron meteorite sold for $20,000 Sunday at Heritage Auction Galleries in Dallas. It had been expected to sell for $32,500 to $40,000. Michigan native Darryl Pitt, the meteorite's owner, says he is disappointed by the low price. He says he thinks the space rock is worth $50,000. There was more interest in a...

2008-06-10 09:00:05

The Associated Press DETROIT A meteorite resembling Michigan's Lower Peninsula has been sold at auction, but bidders weren't quite as smitten with the mitten as the seller expected . The 75-pound nickel-and-iron meteorite sold for $20,000 Sunday at Heritage Auction Galleries in Dallas. It had been expected to sell for $32,500 to $40,000. Michigan native Darryl Pitt, the meteorite's owner, says he is disappointed by the low price. He says he thinks the space rock is worth $50,000....

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2006-04-07 17:15:00

NEW YORK -- The art world's interest in meteorites has skyrocketed, with collectors and curators buying up the outer-space rocks for display in museums, galleries, or on a cocktail table at home. Next week, meteorite hunters will get a chance to bid for some of the world's most coveted extraterrestrial rocks when they go on sale at Bonhams' New York natural history auction. Among the highlights are a small slice of the 15.5-ton Williamette, the crown jewel of meteorites on display at the...


Latest Iron meteorite Reference Libraries

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Meteorite -- A meteorite is a relatively small extraterrestrial material body that reaches the Earth's surface. While in space these bodies are called meteoroids. Upon entering the atmosphere air drag and friction will cause the body to heat up, emitting light, thus forming a meteor, fireball, or shooting star. Most meteors disintegrate in the air, making impact events (Earth impacts) on the surface of Earth uncommon. About 500 baseball sized rocks a year reach the surface. Large...

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Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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