Black Beauty, the 4.4 billion year old meteorite, is from Mars

February 2, 2015 9:11 AM

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Black Beauty, the 4.4 billion year old meteorite, is from Mars

It has been found that Black Beauty, a 4.4 billion year-old black meteorite, which was found a few years ago in the Moroccan desert, is a piece of Martian crust. Scientists point out that the spectroscopic measurements of the rock match perfectly with orbital measurements of the Martian dark plains. These areas have a thinner coating of red dust and the rocks beneath are exposed.

Kevin Cannon, a Brown University graduate student said that the findings suggested that Black Beauty represented the “bulk background” of rocks on the Martian surface. Before Black Beauty, all the Martian rocks found on Earth were classified as SNC meteorites (shergottites, nakhlites, or chassignite...

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