‘Black Beauty’ meteorite spotlights watery past on Mars

New research digs into the red planet's past to figure out where water on Mars actually came from.

U. Arizona • futurity
March 30, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: space planets water mars meteorites science-and-technology

Cosmic impact obliterated early human settlement

"Such high temperatures would completely melt an automobile in less than a minute."

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
March 9, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: space fossils heat temperature meteorites asteroids glass science-and-technology

Chunk of space rock may hold grains from before the sun’s birth

There's surpising new evidence of "presolar grains," tiny bits of material from before the sun existed, in a meteorite chunk called Curious Marie.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL • futurity
Feb. 3, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: space meteorites sun science-and-technology

Tiny meteorites shed light on Earth’s early atmosphere

Ancient micrometeorites may have run into CO2 on their way to Earth's surface, which gives researchers a clearer view of the early Earth's atmosphere.

Hannah Hickey-UW • futurity
Jan. 28, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: space carbon-dioxide meteorites featured science-and-technology early-earth

Stardust in meteorite is oldest solid stuff ever found on Earth

New research determines that stardust from the Murchison meteorite is the oldest solid material ever found on Earth.

Peter Rüegg-ETH Zurich • futurity
Jan. 15, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: space meteorites stars featured science-and-technology

Why cone shapes are ‘just right’ for meteorites

New research may explain why so many meteorites are cone-shaped.

James Devitt-NYU • futurity
July 23, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: space meteorites science-and-technology shapes meteoroids

Meteors explain differences between Earth and moon elements

After the formation of the moon, meteorites deposited elements like gold on Earth and the moon, but not in the same amounts. New research explains why.

Andy Fell-UC Davis • futurity
July 15, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: meteorites science-and-technology moons early-earth

Team determines asteroid origin of 5 meteorites

It has been extremely difficult to assign meteorites called mesosiderites to a specific asteroid. New research indicates their age and origin.

Peter Rüegg-ETH Zurich • futurity
June 20, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: space meteorites asteroids science-and-technology rocks

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