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Bounty of Iron Meteorites Found on Mars

Something new and wonderful has appeared in the Meteoritical Bulletin Database—an entire listing of meteorites found on Mars by robotic rovers and their science teams from the years 2005–2017. On November 21, 2017 five specimens received formal name recognition, joining the first meteorite found on Mars, whose name (Meridiani Planum) was approved in 2005. The six meteorites, all irons, have been left in situ of course on Mars, but their exact locations, physical characteristics, and geochemical details are known thanks to the bounty of instruments onboard the rovers. We present a table of iron meteorites for your perusal. Click the images for enlargements, and use the Meteoritical Bulletin Database links and News articles to learn more about these intriguing pieces of Solar System history.


Iron Meteorites Found While Exploring Mars
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Meteorite Names and Rover Instruments
Aeolis Mons 001. Click to enlarge. Aeolis Mons 001 [ Database Link ]

MSL rover Curiosity - Mastcam, Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) and Remote Micro-Imager (RMI) on ChemCam [ News Item ] [ PSRD article ] This rock was initially given the informal name of "Egg Rock." Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS.
Aeolis Mons 002. Click to enlarge. Aeolis Mons 002 [ Database Link ]

MSL rover Curiosity - Mastcam, Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) and Remote Micro-Imager (RMI) on ChemCam [ News Item ] This rock was initially given the informal name of "Ames Knob." Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS.
Aeolis Palus 001. Click to enlarge. Aeolis Palus 001 [ Database Link ]

MSL rover Curiosity - Mastcam, Remote Micro-Imager on ChemCam [ Raw Images from Sol 641 ] This rock was initially given the informal name of "Littleton." Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS.
Aeolis Palus 002. Click to enlarge. Aeolis Palus 002 [ Database Link ]

MSL rover Curiosity - Mastcam, Remote Micro-Imager on ChemCam [ News Item ] This rock was initially given the informal name of "Lebanon." Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS.
Aeolis Palus 003. Click to enlarge. Aeolis Palus 003 [ Database Link ]

MSL rover Curiosity - Mastcam, Remote Micro-Imager on ChemCam [ News Item ] This rock was initially given the informal name of "Lebanon B." Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS.
Meridiani Planum. Click to enlarge. Meridiani Planum [ Database Link ]

MER rover Opportunity - PanCam, Miniature Thermal Emission Spectrometer, Rock Abrasion Tool, Microscopic Imager, Mössbauer Spectrometer, and Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer [ News Item ] [PSRD article ] Image credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell.

At least 17 other meteorite candidates found on Mars were described in 2015 by James Ashley (Jet Propulsion Laboratory). It's only a matter of time before this list expands.

pdf link, Iron Meteorites Found on Mars (pdf version)

See Reference:

Meteoritical Bulletin Database

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Written by Linda Martel, Hawai'i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, for PSRD.

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