Mars Dust Vial with Certificate of Authenticity
This quaint glass vial contains genuine Mars meteorite 'dust'. From Aerolite. Mars meteorite dust has been collected in their preparation laboratory, when a larger specimen is sawn into slices...similar to how sawdust is collected.
How did these rocks from Mars end up on Earth? Only one thing could send a piece of rock flying out fast enough to escape Mars's gravity: an asteroid or comet slamming into Mars. Mars's gravity is about one-third as strong as Earth's, and its atmosphere is about 125 times thinner, so it is easier to eject a rock from Mars than from Earth. After orbiting the Sun for more than a million years, some of the ejected pieces eventually struck Earth as meteorites.
All known Martian meteorites are igneous rocks from the volcanic regions of Mars. Shergotty is a piece of lava that flowed onto the Martian surface, while the Governador Valadares meteorite is lava that was trapped underground and crystallized slowly. It only reached the Martian surface when the impact of a comet or asteroid shattered the crust above it.
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