Shelter Island meteorite

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Shelter Island meteorite
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Shelter Island meteorite viewed by the Opportunity rover (October 3, 2009).
Type Iron
Parent body Unknown
Composition Kamacite, taenite[1]
Weathering grade Large-scale, cavernous weathering[1]
Country Mars
Region Meridiani Planum
Coordinates Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.[2]
Observed fall No
Fall date Possibly late Noation
Found date December 1, 2009
Strewn field Possibly[3]
391243main-MarsRover-ShelterIslandMeteorite-20091002-crop.jpg
Shelter Island meteorite - close-up (October 1, 2009).

Shelter Island meteorite was found on Mars by the Opportunity rover on October 1, 2009. It is about 27 centimetres (11 in) long.[4]

History

Shelter Island was the second of three iron meteorites encountered by the rover on Meridiani Planum within a few hundred meters, the others being Block Island and Mackinac Island.[1]

Shelter Island may have fallen on Mars in the late Noachian period and is extensively weathered.[1][3]

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Lua error in Module:Citation/CS1/Identifiers at line 47: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value).
  2. Google Mars
  3. 3.0 3.1 Lua error in Module:Citation/CS1/Identifiers at line 47: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value).
  4. "Opportunity Finds Another Meteorite". NASA. Retrieved January 5, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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