These small sections of a Martian meteorite are part of a larger rock, ejected from the surface of Mars following a huge impact. They are an igneous rock, suggesting that Mars was once geologically active. They were found in 2013 or 2014, reportedly in Mauritania, before being sold by a Moroccan dealer. The classification for these samples is NWA 8657 (NWA stands for North West Africa).
Shergottite meteorites are a type of Martian meteorite named after the Shergotty Martian meteorite which fell at Shergotty (now Sherghati), in Bihar, India in 1865.
The samples in the loan box are supplied encased in a membrane box for display and to protect the sample – please do not try to open this box.
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Last updated: 28 June 2018