Wednesday, October 3, 1962: Mars meteorite

A 40-pound meteorite falls to Earth, landing in a cornfield in Nigeria. In the 1990s it was determined that the meteorite had originated on Mars and was likely propelled into space when an asteroid or comet struck the planet millions of years earlier. (It remains the largest Mars meteorite to have been found on Earth.)

* More about the Zagami meteorite (from NASA's Astromaterials Acquisition & Curation Office): @ 
* NASA's Mars Meteorite Compendium: @ 
* Entry from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory: @ 
* Mars meteorite page (from JPL): @ 
* Entry from www.meteoritestudies.com: @ 
* Meteorites entry from "Encyclopedia of Space" (2009): @  
* "Rocks are hunks of Mars" (Associated Press story, 1995): @

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