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Secrets To Life On Mars Could Be Revealed With Meteorite Studies
2013-05-02 14:56:21

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Currently, if scientists want to study meteorites that had originated from the red planet, they have to rely upon celestial travelers that arrived on this planet so long ago they now possess characteristics that tell of their time on Earth. This masks most clues that might offer information about the meteorites' time on Mars. However, a team of scientists has examined a meteorite that formed on Mars more than a billion years ago in...

Sand Grains In Meteorite May Have Come From Milky Way-Forming Supernova
2013-04-21 07:31:06

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Two tiny grains of silica discovered in primitive meteorites may have originated from the ancient supernova responsible for the formation of the solar system, according to new research published in the May 1 edition of Astrophysical Journal Letters. The silica grains were discovered by scientists from Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) and the McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences, and was said to be...

Sutter's Mill Meteorite Under The Microscope
2012-12-21 05:32:02

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A meteorite study has led scientists to believe that asteroid surfaces may be more complex than previously thought. Scientists from around the world have come together to work on a meteor analysis of the Sutter's Mill meteorite that fell down to Earth in April 2012. The scientists reported in the journal Science that this particular meteor is an unusual example from a rare group known as carbonaceous chondrites. Samples from this...

Birth Record Of Our Solar System Revised
2012-11-03 05:43:41

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The formative stages of the Milky Way, once believed to have taken far longer to occur than other solar systems, may not have been as unique as scientists had previously thought, according to the authors of a new study. Writing in the journal Science, researchers from the Centre for Star and Planet Formation at the Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen report they have discovered a pair of vastly different...

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2012-07-16 20:16:27

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New research suggests that meteorites, and their parent asteroids, are most-likely the sources of Earth's water. Scientists have believed that comets, or a primitive meteorite called carbonaceous chondrites, were the sources of earth Earth's volatile elements, including hydrogen, nitrogen, and carbon. Having an understanding of where these volatiles came from is crucial when determining the source of water and life on the planet....

Newly Discovered Mineral Provides Clues To Evolution Of Solar System
2012-06-27 09:42:28

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com A previously unknown mineral has been found in a meteorite that fell to Earth in 1969, according to a Caltech geologist who has been studying the meteoric sample since 2007, and who has also found eight other new minerals in the sample. The Allende meteorite was among thousands of meteorites that lay scattered about the state of Chihuahua, in Mexico, after a meteor exploded over the region in 1969. More than 40 years later, the meteorite is providing...

New Gold Rush Discovery Of Meteorite Leads To Hunt For More
2012-05-12 04:16:23

[ Watch the Video ] Meteorite fragments were recently scattered around Sutter´s Mill in California. This is the same region where the first  gold nugget was found that sparked the Gold Rush in 1848. Scientists hope the meteorites may hold answers to unsolved mysteries about our solar system and the origins of molecules necessary for life. When the Gold Rush began, people headed to California seeking their fortune. Now, with this meteorite hunt, people once again have flocked...

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...

Cosmic Voyager Has A Layover In St. Louis
2011-11-10 09:15:24

[ Watch the Video ] WUSTL geochemist helps analyze rare and beautiful meteorite found by a Missouri farmer Last January two amateur meteorite hunters dropped by Randy Korotev´s office at Washington University in St. Louis to show him their latest purchase, a 17-kilogram pallasite meteorite found in 2006 near Conception Junction (population 202) in northwest Missouri. Korotev, research professor in earth and planetary sciences in Arts & Sciences and an expert in lunar...


Latest Meteorites 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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