Earth’s oldest meteor traced to Mars crater

The meteorite known as Black Beauty, weighing 320 grams, was found in north Africa in 2011. 

 It contains fragments of rock that are 4.48 billion years old, only slightly younger than the solar system.

No rocks from this period had been found on Earth because they have been destroyed by geological activity and erosion.

"For the first time, we know the geological context of the only brecciated Martian sample available on Earth,

10 years before the NASA's Mars Sample Return mission is set to send back samples

The international team want NASA to prioritize the area around Karratha Crater as a future landing site on Mars.

They used a supercomputer to track its creation on the red planet in a province known as Terra Cimmeria-Sirenum.

like this?

more stories


Click Here
Clike Here