Complete Martian Meteorite
NWA 4783, Basaltic Martian Shergottite
Meteorites from the planet Mars are so rare that only small fragments are available for sale. These rare meteorites have been identified as being from Mars because of their chemical analysis and age. They are younger than most of the meteorites from the asteroid belt that were formed at the same time as the solar system 4.5 billion years ago. It is now believed that most if not all the Martian meteorites originated from one gigantic meteorite impact that left the more recent Zumba crater in the Daedalia Planum on Mars. The present specimen displays approximately 60 per cent of its original dark brown fusion crust produced during its descent through Earth's atmosphere. Here is an opportunity to own a complete Martian meteorite that can be held in one's hand.
Weighs 3.3 grams; measures 17 x 18 millimeters