Los Angeles Times, By Amina Khan, January 5
Los Angeles — Scientists have identified the first meteorite to originate from the surface of Mars, a 2.1-billion-year-old specimen that contains about 10 times more water than any other space rock from Mars.
Discovered in the Sahara Desert, the rock – called NWA 7034 – is unlike any of the 110-odd Martian meteorites yet found on Earth, according to a report published online Thursday by the journal Science. Experts said it provides an unprecedented close-up view of the Red Planet’s surface and may help scientists understand what NASA’s Curiosity and Opportunity rovers are seeing as they roam the Martian surface.
“This opens a whole new window on Mars,” said Munir Humayun, a cosmochemist at Florida State University in Tallahassee who was not involved in the study.