Curiosity Finds Shiny Rock On Mars — Meteorite Maybe?

I like meteorites. Each arrives on Earth with a flash and bang after millions of years of space travel from the asteroid belt. And just like that, a space rock that would otherwise require a $150-million-dollar mission to snatch falls into our lap. Face to face with an emissary from 4.56 billion years ago, we’re…
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First Fragment Of Shattered Asteroid Recovered In Botswana

Before we look at the main news I wanted to share a serendipitous photos of Venus. While taking a picture of the planet’s reflection in a lake near Duluth, Minn. someone on the opposite shot off a few rounds of fireworks that squeezed their way into the 10-second time exposure. Boom, boom! Did I hear…
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Fireball! Interplanetary Visitor Heads For Lake Michigan

A meteor seen across Wisconsin and northern Illinois was recorded by a camera on the roof of the Atmospheric, Oceanic & Space Sciences Building on the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison earlier this morning. At 1:25 a.m. today a massive green fireball seared the sky over the U.S. Midwest sparking hundreds of eyewitness reports and…
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NASA Lured By Heavy Metal, Plans Missions To Psyche And Beyond

When most people think of a meteorite, they imagine a lump of iron-nickel metal. And while there are plenty of those, stony meteorites peppered with fine metal flakes are far more common. Psyche, a robotic spacecraft, scheduled to launch in October 2023, will target one of these sources of those ‘heavy metal’ meteorites, when it…
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Curiosity Discovers A Hard-Boiled Meteorite On Mars / See A Super Sky Show Tonight

NASA’s Curiosity rover just happened upon a meteorite. It’s a beauty, too. While poking around the bedrock of “Somesville” in the Murray Formation on Mars last Friday (Oct. 28), Curiosity’s color camera snapped a photo that included a small, shiny metallic meteorite. It’s about 1.6 inches (4 cm) across with an ovoid shape, hence its…
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