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Linda MartelJuly 10, 2018

The Bounty of Iron Meteorites Found on Mars

This article originally appeared on CosmoSparks Reports and is reposted here with permission.

Late last year, something new and wonderful appeared in the Meteoritical Bulletin Database—an entire listing of meteorites found on Mars by robotic rovers and their science teams from the years 2005–2017. On November 21, 2017 five specimens received formal name recognition, joining the first meteorite found on Mars, whose name (Meridiani Planum) was approved in 2005. The six meteorites, all irons, have been left in situ of course on Mars, but their exact locations, physical characteristics, and geochemical details are known thanks to the bounty of instruments onboard the rovers. We present a table of iron meteorites for your perusal. Click the images for enlargements, and use the Meteoritical Bulletin Database links and News articles to learn more about these intriguing pieces of Solar System history.

Aeolis Mons 001

NASA / JPL-Caltech / MSSS

Aeolis Mons 001
This rock was initially given the informal name of "Egg Rock."
Meteoritical Bulletin Database page
NASA News item
Aeolis Mons 002

NASA / JPL-Caltech / MSSS

Aeolis Mons 002
This rock was initially given the informal name of "Ames Knob."
Meteoritical Bulletin Database page
NASA News item
Aeolis Palus 001

NASA / JPL-Caltech / MSSS

Aeolis Palus 001
This rock was initially given the informal name of "Littleton."
Meteoritical Bulletin Database page
Aeolis Palus 002

NASA / JPL-Caltech / MSSS

Aeolis Palus 002
This rock was initially given the informal name of "Lebanon."
Meteoritical Bulletin Database page
NASA News item
Aeolis Palus 003

NASA / JPL-Caltech / MSSS

Aeolis Palus 003
This rock was initially given the informal name of "Lebanon B."
Meteoritical Bulletin Database page
NASA News item
Meridiani Planum

NASA / JPL-Caltech / Cornell

Meridiani Planum
Meteoritical Bulletin Database page
NASA News item

At least 17 other meteorite candidates found on Mars were described in 2015 by James Ashley (Jet Propulsion Laboratory). It's only a matter of time before this list expands. 


See reference: Meteoritical Bulletin Database

See also:

Read more: meteorites, pretty pictures, Opportunity, Mars Exploration Rovers, Mars, Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory)

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