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Possible New Mars Meteorite Found In The Sahara Desert

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POSSIBLE NEW MARS METEORITE FOUND IN THE SAHARA DESERT

August 4, 1998

At the 61st Meteoritical Society Meeting held in Dublin, Ireland last week, an announcement was made by Jutta Zipfel that a new Mars meteorite was recovered from the Sahara Desert. If confirmed, this would bring the total number of Mars meteorites to 13. The last recovery of a Mars meteorite was QUE 94201 from the Antarctic in 1994, and the last recovery of a Mars meteorite outside of the Antarctic was from Zagami, Nigeria in 1962. The new Mars meteorite weighs about 2kg and is owned by a private collector, who was not identified. The Sahara meteorite has been tentatively classified as a shergotite, the most common type of Mars meteorite. Detailed analysis is currently underway by European scientists.

Ron Baalke

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