Strange meteorites may be from Mars

Two strange meteorites found in Antarctica may be from Mars, the US National Science Foundation says. The objects, called shergottites after the Indian town of Shergotty, where the first of this type was found in the 1800s, seem to have crystallized from lava no more than 1.2 billion years ago.Nearly all other meteorites are about 4.5 billion years old.

Scientists think these older bodies are material left over from the formation of the solar system. The younger objects from Antarctica, however, could well be material blasted out of the surface of another planet by a large incoming meteorite. Mars, which is volcanic and has relatively low grav ity, seems a likely candidate for the planet of origin.

About these ads
Sponsored Content by LockerDome

We want to hear, did we miss an angle we should have covered? Should we come back to this topic? Or just give us a rating for this story. We want to hear from you.

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...

Save for later

Save
Cancel

Saved ( of items)

This item has been saved to read later from any device.
Access saved items through your user name at the top of the page.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You reached the limit of 20 saved items.
Please visit following link to manage you saved items.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You have already saved this item.

View Saved Items

OK