Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018
FLORENCE

Italian museum makes Mars meteorite find amid NASA mission

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(ANSA) - Florence, August 23 - The Planetary Science Museum
of Prato, near Florence, announced the discovery of a new
meteorite from Mars on Thursday, as NASA's Curiosity Rover
explores the Red Planet in a mission that could demonstrate the
Red Planet was once hospitable to organic life.
Scientists at the museum a few days ago determined that an
in-house metorite named NWA (North-West Africa) 7387 actually
originated from Mars.
The new discovery was announced just as NASA's $2.5-billion
Curiosity started practising moving around on its own in Mars
and extending its robotic arm together with its attached camera,
drill, and dirt-studying instruments to help it explore the
plant's surface and let it take terrain samples.
The museum came to its conclusion thanks to other labs and
institutes who sent meteorites and space fragments for
comparison.
"The discovery of a Martian meteorite is always a very
important moment for science," said museum researchers Vanni
Moggi Cecchi and Stefano Caporali.
"It's opportune to note that to date none of the various
Red Planet missions returned with physical objects, so Martian
meteorites at the moment are the only material testimony that
exist in relation to this fascinating place".
The NWA 7387 label was given, as always, by the Meteoritic
Society, a world leading organization in the study of
extraterrestrial material
The same researchers in 2008 identified another Martian
meteorite called NWA 4222 as well as an equivalently rare lunar
stone called NWA 6687 in 2010.
Aside from a wide variety of standard meteorites, the
Museum also hosts a series of very rare samples with atypical
characteristics considered extremely precious by the scientific
community.

(photo: stock meteorite picture)

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