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Curiosity Finds a Melted Space Metal Meteorite on the Surface of Mars

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Curiosity Finds a Melted Space Metal Meteorite on the Surface of Mars

Since it landed on the surface of the Red Planet in 2012, the Curiosity rover has made some rather surprising finds. In the past, this has included evidence that liquid water once filled the Gale Crater, the presence of methane and organic molecules today, curious sedimentary formations, and even a strange ball-shaped rock. And most recently, Curiosity’s Mast Camera (Mastcam) captured images of what appeared to be a ball of melted metal. Known as “Egg Rock” (due to its odd, ovoid appearance) this object has been identified as a small meteorites, most likely composed of nickel and iron. Egg Rock...

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How Anne Hodges' Life Was Ruined by a Cursed Meteorite

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How Anne Hodges' Life Was Ruined by a Cursed Meteorite

Very few people in recorded history have the distinction of being on the receiving end of a meteorite. In fact, there’s only one person with proof: Anne Hodges, an Alabama woman struck by a football-sized rock from outer space.. and lived to tell the tale. You’d think only someone awfully fortunate could survive an ordeal like that, but after the meteorite hit its mark, Ann Hodges became anything but lucky. You might even say she was cursed. In late November of 1954, Ann Hodges was in the middle of an afternoon nap in her home in Sylacauga, Alabama, when a...

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Could a meteorite really have killed a bus driver in India?

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Could a meteorite really have killed a bus driver in India?

There is nothing more certain in life than death—a cheerful thought for a dismal February. Even though we are aware of that inevitability, we don’t expect death literally to strike out of an empty sky, which reportedly is what happened to Kamraj, a bus driver in Vellore, a town in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Accounts of the event near the Bharathidasan Engineering College campus are fairly unanimous: there was a sudden explosion, a crater appeared, windows in surrounding buildings were blown out, and flying debris struck several people in the vicinity, including Kamraj. At first, it was thought...

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Scientists Find Evidence of Water on Martian Meteorite

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Scientists Find Evidence of Water on Martian Meteorite

Scientists have detected signs of water in a piece of a 1.3 billion-year-old Martian meteorite, throwing up possibilities of existence of life in the planet's past, or even the present. Professor Ian Lyon from the University of Manchester, who along with Elias Chatzitheodoridis of the National Technical University of Athens conducted the study said, "We have been able to show the setting is there to provide life. It's not too cold, it's not too harsh. Life as we know it, in the form of bacteria, for example, could be there, although we haven't found it yet. It's about piecing together...

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