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Iron Meteorite on Mars
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Iron Meteorite on Mars
Date: 6 Jan 2005

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has found an iron meteorite on Mars, the first meteorite of any type ever identified on another planet. The pitted, basketball-size object is mostly made of iron and nickel. Readings from spectrometers on the rover determined this composition. Opportunity used its panoramic camera to take the images used in this approximately true-color composite on the rover's 339th Martian day, or sol (6 January 2005). This composite combines images taken through the panoramic camera's 600-nm (red), 530-nm (green), and 480-nm (blue) filters.


Last Update: 31 Mar 2011 (AMB)

Credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell



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Last Updated: 31 Mar 2011