Tissint meteorite from London's Natural History Museum

Posted by David Eicher
on Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Tissint meteorite // Credit: David J. Eicher
On Astronomy’s August tour of London, some 25 readers and I had the great pleasure of seeing many important astronomical sites in England.

What a great treat it was while I was in England to visit Caroline Smith, collections manager of the Earth Sciences Department, Mineral and Planetary Sciences Division of London’s famous Natural History Museum. Caroline graciously spent time showing treasures of the meteorite collection, and we shot several videos showing a number of representative samples, the second of which I share here.

In it, Caroline describes a specimen of the Tissint meteorite, a martian meteorite that fell in Morocco in 2011, which was only the 5th meteorite from Mars to be witnessed as it came to Earth. Enjoy!

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