Ancient Meteorite Dubbed 'Black Beauty' Was A Chunk Of Mars’ Crust

February 2, 2015 11:28 AM

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Ancient Meteorite Dubbed 'Black Beauty' Was A Chunk Of Mars’ Crust

Scientists have discovered that a meteorite, which was found a few years ago in the Moroccan desert, is a 4.4 billion-year-old chunk of the Martian crust. The scientists said in a new study that similar black rocks could be found in abundance on the Martian surface.

The analysis of the "NWA 7034" meteorite, which is also known by the name “Black Beauty,” reveals that the spectroscopic measurements of the rock are similar to the orbital measurements of the Martian dark plains -- areas where the coating of red dust is thin and the rocks beneath are exposed. The s...

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