Meteorite

  • As leftovers from the formation of the solar system, meteorites can act as time capsules. Scientists at the EPFL have now examined a piece of an asteroid known as 2008 TC3 and found diamonds that could only have come from a large, long-lost planet that roamed our neighborhood billions of years ago.
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    To help hunt down elusive iron meteorites in Antarctica, the University of Manchester recently tested its new towable metal detectors as part of the first ever British-led meteorite hunting expedition in Antarctica that will be carried out in conjunction with BAS.
  • Two meteorites that fell in 1998 were found to contain traces of liquid water and organic compounds vital to life. Now, a comprehensive chemical analysis of them suggests their organic matter could come from an ancient ocean world, giving them the potential to kickstart life wherever they land.
  • In 1996, scientists discovered the strangest stone ever found. Nicknamed the Hypatia stone, it was later found to be extraterrestrial, but unlike any known kind of meteorite. A new study has deepened the mystery even further, finding that Hypatia could be interstellar or predate the Solar System.
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    A weapon as legendary as the dagger of King Tutankhamun needs an epic backstory, and last year X-ray analysis showed that the iron in the blade came from meteorites. Now a study has found that the artifact was far from alone as all iron tools dating back to the Bronze Age have otherworldly origins.
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    Mt Stromboli has been erupting almost continuously for more than 2,000 years, but that’s a sneeze compared to the ancient volcanic activity of Mars. According to new studies of Martian meteorites, at some point a volcano on the Red Planet may have erupted non-stop for more than 2 billion years.
  • ​​A new study led by researchers from MIT may have identified the starting material from which the planet Mercury was created.
  • One of the asteroids from a massive collision 470 million years ago has been well known. But the other space rock involved in the crash has been a mystery until now, thanks to the discovery of a meteorite that's never been seen before on our planet.
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    The origin of iron in Tutankhamun's dagger has long been a point of debate. New evidence, obtained through the use of highly-accurate X-ray technology, should end the discussion, revealing that the metal in the dagger made its way to Earth as part of an ancient meteorite.
  • Nearly three billion years ago the surface of our planet contained less than 0.001 percent of today's oxygen. While this has been known for a while, we've never been quite sure what the Earth's upper atmosphere looked like at the time. Fossilized cosmic dust has helped scientist sort it all out.​
  • At CES in Las Vegas, the asteroid mining company Planetary Resource unveiled the first object 3D printed using extraterrestrial materials.
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    Geophysicists claim to have stumbled across the largest asteroid impact zone ever found on Earth. Covering a 400 km (249 mi) wide area in Central Australia, the two ancient craters are believed to be the result of a single meteorite that split in two moments before crashing into the Earth.