More than Meets the Eye: Nahklite Meteorite

Photo: Linda Welzenbach, Smithsonian
June 4, 2013
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blue, orange, yellow, and cream colored coarse-grained minerals
Photo: Linda Welzenbach, Smithsonian

Nahklite meteorite MIL03346. By studying the coarse-grained minerals and the finer-grained minerals that binds them together, researchers found that this nakhlite meteorite was formed on Mars 1.3 billion years ago. The coarse-grained minerals can be seen in blue, orange, yellow, and cream colors in the image.