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Martian Meteorite Given To London Museum
2012-02-09 13:09:39

The Natural History Museum in London is now in possession on a rare Mars meteorite that could help scientists unravel the mysteries of the Red Planet. The Tissint Martian meteorite is the largest and newest known meteorite, and could help determine whether there is life on Mars. The meteorite fell in the desert of southern Morocco last July, and eyewitnesses say they heard two sonic booms and saw a bright fireball racing across the sky. The meteorite weighs in at 2.5 pounds and is...

Meteorite Found In Morocco Is From Mars, Scientists Say
2012-01-18 05:28:48

Rare chunks of rock that crashed to Earth in Morocco last July came from Mars, according to a special committee of meteorite experts that announced the findings on Tuesday. The findings are only the fifth time that scientists have chemically confirmed Martian meteorites. Witnesses had described seeing the small rocks fall to Earth in a fireball in the sky last summer.  However, the rocks were not discovered on the ground until December, when collectors gathered 15 pounds of...

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2011-05-04 12:55:00

A new isotopic analysis of meteorites that have been in storage on Earth for quite some time points to a very reasonable scientific conclusion that Mars once had sea beds that were warm, wet and rich in organic chemicals. Dr. John Brandenburg, a former scientist at the Florida Space Institute-University of Central Florida, Kennedy Space Center, says that the meteorites he analyzed, come from rocks in the southern hemisphere of part of Mars.  The rocks are 4.5 Billion years old, the same...

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2011-03-07 06:30:00

A new report suggests that life forms in the universe are widespread and that microscopic life on Earth may have come from extra-solar sources, perhaps hitching a ride on space rocks like comets, moons and other astral bodies. The controversial study was published online late Friday in The Journal of Cosmology.  Scientific comments will be published starting on Monday, Reuters is reporting. This is not, however, the first time that Richard Hoover has presented such research. In August...

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2011-02-03 06:00:00

Exactly a century after the first discovery of a rare meteorite sample, University of Leicester team uses it to reveal new insights into water on the red planet Rare fragments of Martian meteorites have been investigated at the University of Leicester revealing one of the ways water flowed near the surface of Mars. Scientists at the University's renowned Space Research Centre, in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, examined five meteorite samples "“ including the very first...

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2009-12-01 06:50:00

Using more advanced analytical instruments now available, a Johnson Space Center research team has reexamined the 1996 finding that a meteorite contains strong evidence that life may have existed on ancient Mars. The new research focused on investigating alternate proposals for the creation of materials thought to be signs of ancient life found in the meteorite. The new study argues that ancient life remains the most plausible explanation for the materials and structures found in the...

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...

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2009-05-18 15:45:00

Meteorites provide valuable information about the early history of the solar system. A group of Swiss geologists have conducted systematic meteorite searches in Oman since 2001, and they recently returned from their latest hunt.Most meteorites are fragments of asteroids, some of which contain organic matter. Some meteorites preserve information on the chemical make-up of the solar system before the planets formed. Other meteorites are impact debris from the surfaces of the Moon and Mars....

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2008-09-25 17:30:00

Tons, perhaps tens of tons, of carbon molecules in dust particles and meteorites fall on Earth daily. Meteorites are especially valuable to astronomers because they provide relatively big chunks of carbon molecules that are easily analyzed in the laboratory. In the past few years, researchers have noticed that most meteorite carbon are molecules called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which are very stable compounds and are survivors. PAHs are the most common carbon-rich compound in...


Latest Mars 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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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Martian Meteorite -- Mars meteorites include three rare groups of achondritic (stony) meteorites (16 objects total) with isotope ratios that are said to be consistent with each other and inconsistent with the earth. It should be pointed out, however, that the isotope ratios do not actually match Mars ratios especially well, to the extent that Mars ratios are known, although they do differ substantially from Earth isotope ratios and from what is known of Lunar ratios. All the...

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