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2011-03-03 14:49:00

HOUSTON, March 3, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA research on a meteorite has provided new evidence that the inner planets formed from materials spread far and wide in the early solar system, and not just from nearby matter. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Oxygen isotopic measurements in the core and outer rim of a calcium-aluminum-rich inclusion contained in the Allende meteorite record the entire range of oxygen isotopic composition previously measured...

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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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2010-12-15 23:00:00

Scientists from all over the world are taking a second, more expansive, look at the car-sized asteroid that exploded over Sudan's Nubian Desert in 2008. Initial research was focused on classifying the meteorite fragments that were collected two to five months after they were strewn across the desert and tracked by NASA's Near Earth Object astronomical network. Now in a series of 20 papers for a special double issue of the journal Meteoritics and Planetary Science, published on December 15,...

2010-12-15 18:56:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 15, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An international team of scientists studying remnants of an asteroid that crashed into the Nubian Desert in October 2008 discovered it contained at least 10 different types of meteorites. Some of them contained chemicals that form the building blocks of life on Earth, and those chemicals were spread through all parts of the asteroid by collisions. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Chemists at Stanford...

2010-11-21 05:18:00

SOUTH HAVEN, Mich., Nov. 21, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Duane P. Snyder will announce the discovery of the first and only known ICE METEORITE containing EXTRATERRESTRIAL LIFE-FORMS on November 30, 2010 at 10:00am at the Ramada Inn Conference Center, 1555 Phoenix Road, South Haven, MI 49090. Also to be announced: The ICE METEORITE's particle analysis, it's gas analysis, where it likely came from and PHOTOS of EXTRATERRESTRIAL LIFE-FORMS found in the melt-water of the ICE METEORITE. Dr. Albert...

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2010-08-23 06:35:00

According to a study published on Sunday in the journal Nature Geoscience, the solar system could be close to two million years older than previously thought. Evidence of a meteorite from the Moroccan desert in 2004 contains a "relict" mineral, which is one of the oldest solid materials formed after the birth of the Sun. The meteorite that was discovered was 3.2 pounds. An analysis of a lead isotope suggests the mineral was formed 4.4 billion years ago.  The analysis has found...

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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...

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2010-05-05 11:05:00

UA meteorite curator Marvin Killgore has a 300-gram piece of the object that exploded over Wisconsin in April. People in southwestern Wisconsin and northern Iowa on April 14 witnessed a sonic boom and a fireball that briefly "“ and spectacularly "“ lit up the late evening sky. It was the result of an ancient rock that ended its 4.5 billion year journey through the solar system in a ball of flames entering Earth's atmosphere. NASA officials estimated that the rock, a meteoroid some...

2010-04-20 11:29:00

CARTERSVILLE, Ga., April 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A meteorite recently discovered in Georgia has a new home at Tellus Science Museum. The meteorite arrived in loud fashion on March 8, 2009 with a sound a neighbor described as a sonic boom. It then tore a hole in the roof of a home in Cartersville, Georgia, before crashing through the ceiling and ending its cosmic journey on a bedroom floor. The house was unoccupied at the time. The homeowner found the meteorite a few days later, but...

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2009-11-03 08:10:00

Dust samples collected by high-flying aircraft in the upper atmosphere have yielded an unexpectedly rich trove of relicts from the ancient cosmos, report scientists from the Carnegie Institution. The stratospheric dust includes minute grains that likely formed inside stars that lived and died long before the birth of our sun, as well as material from molecular clouds in interstellar space. This "ultra-primitive" material likely wafted into the atmosphere after the Earth passed through the...


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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