NASA-funded researchers analysing a small meteorite that may be the first discovered from the Martian surface or crust have found it contains 10 times more water than other Martian meteorites from unknown origins.
This new class of meteorite was found in 2011 in the Sahara Desert. Designated Northwest Africa (NWA) 7034, and nicknamed 'Black Beauty,' it weighs approximately 320g. After more than a year of intensive study, a team of US scientists determined the meteorite formed 2.1 billion years ago during the beginning of the most recent geologic period on Mars, known as the Amazonian.
'The age of NWA 7034 is important because it is significantly older than most other Martian meteorites,' said Mitch Schulte, program scientist for the Mars Exploration Program at NASA Headquarters in Washington. 'We now have insight into a piece of Mars' history at a critical time in its evolution.' Read the complete article.
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