View Full Version : Opportunity Finds an Iron Meteorite

2005-Sep-10, 11:32 AM
SUMMARY: NASA's Opportunity Rover has discovered a meteorite on the surface of Mars, near the wreckage of its heat shield. The pitted object is about the size of a basketball, and contains mostly iron and nickel. Stoney meteorites are much more common than iron meteorites here on Earth, so it's possible that many of the "rocks" the rovers have seen could actually be meteorites. If it turns out that meteorites are common, it will tell scientists quite a bit about how quickly the region has eroded.

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