Friday, January 4, 2013

New Type of Martian Meteorite

Hey Space Placers!

NASA has announced that a meteorite found several years ago in the Sahara Desert is a brand new type of meteorite from the planet Mars. Known as NWA 7034, is thought to be the first Martian meteorite to have come from the crust of Mars.

There are over a hundred known Martian meteorites in our earthbound collections worldwide but NWA 7034 marks the first of its kind/class but is still related to the SNC meteorites that make up our current collection.

NWA 7034 also contains carbon and water which makes the Curiosity mission on Mars even more tantalizing if a similar composition could be found in the rocks the roving lab will study in its journey to Sharp Mountain.

Sky Guy in VA

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