New mineral discovered in Moon meteorite could lurk deep beneath Earth

Researchers have discovered a new mineral in a meteorite from the Moon. Named donwilhemsite, the mineral appears to form under high pressures and may play a crucial role in the rock cycle deep within the Earth.Continue ReadingCategory: ScienceTags: Moo… Continue reading New mineral discovered in Moon meteorite could lurk deep beneath Earth

Earth’s water may have come from meteorites closer to home

A new study by the Centre de Recherches Pétrographiques et Géochimiques (CRPG, CNRS/Université de Lorraine) in Nancy, France, suggests that Earth’s water may have come from stony meteorites present in the inner solar system rather than comets or ast… Continue reading Earth’s water may have come from meteorites closer to home

Mysterious meteorites came from an asteroid with a liquid metal core

Most meteorites that fall to Earth belong to one of two broad groups – there are rocky ones, and there are metallic ones that were once molten iron. But one puzzling group of meteorites appears to belong to both camps at once, and now scientists have d… Continue reading Mysterious meteorites came from an asteroid with a liquid metal core

Extraterrestrial protein discovered in meteorite for the first time

Scientists have discovered a full, previously-unknown protein inside a meteorite for the first time. Named hemolithin, the new protein contains iron and lithium and may play an important role in seeding life on habitable planets like Earth.Continue Rea… Continue reading Extraterrestrial protein discovered in meteorite for the first time

Fantastic Micrometeorites And Where To Find Them

Space is very much the final frontier for humanity, at least as far as our current understanding of the universe takes us. Only a handful of countries and corporations on Earth have the hardware to readily get there, and even fewer are capable of reaching orbit. For these reasons, working …read more

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Scientists uncover evidence of ancient giant meteor strike in Scotland

A team of scientists led by Ken Amor from the Department of Earth Sciences at Oxford University has uncovered evidence of the largest meteor ever to strike the British Isles. Based on scattered debris material first discovered near Ullapool, … Continue reading Scientists uncover evidence of ancient giant meteor strike in Scotland

NASA’s Mars Opportunity Rover Is Likely Dead

Mission leads have not heard from Oppy since it was caught in a massive dust storm last June. On Wednesday, NASA will likely announce that it has died. Continue reading NASA’s Mars Opportunity Rover Is Likely Dead

How an Ancient Rock Carrying Earth’s Oldest Known Crystals Ended Up on the Moon

“Big Bertha,” a lunar rock that was picked up by Apollo 14 astronauts, originated on Earth 4.1 billion years ago, according to a new study. Continue reading How an Ancient Rock Carrying Earth’s Oldest Known Crystals Ended Up on the Moon