Learn about how a Martian meteorite found in Antarctica can tell us more about the earth.
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What a Martian Meteorite Can Tell Us About the Earth While NASA has two rovers exploring the Martian surface, researchers have uncovered a piece of the red planet here on earth. According to the National Science Foundation, members of the US Antarctic Search for meteorites program found a Martian meteorite in Antarctica. They say the meteorite must shed light to the true age of the earth. The story of the Antarctic meteorite actually begins with another meteor. One that struck so forcefully it caused pieces of the Martian surface to be flung into space. One of those pieces eventually found it's way to earth where it was found by National Science Foundation Researchers in Antarctica 11 million years later. The fist sized chunk of Martian lava called MIL03346 was taken to the Johnson Space Center in Texas for study, a valuable clue to the age of the earth. It's not the first meteorite to be found in Antarctica, many though exist and were able to be collected because they have not been subjected to the amounts of rain and other moisture that normally go in to weather in rocks in temperate latitudes. Some of the meteorites have been out on the surface potentially for thousand of years. The National Science Foundation together with NASA and the Smithsonian Institute maintains a permanent station in Antarctica where work is going on geological and space research. Researchers based there have unlocked many secrets of our own planet and those that we are now exploring. To scientists, the frozen continent is not barren at all.
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