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Curiosity finds massive metal meteorite on Mars
07-18-2014, 04:18 PM #1
Gumby AKA Chtumby
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This is AWESOME !

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Here is the article:

http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/18639...-territory


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07-18-2014, 04:20 PM #2
yankees skier
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Very cool.

Biere.
07-18-2014, 04:25 PM #3
Gumby AKA Chtumby
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They estimate its almost 7 feet wide, that's a big un.

Some fast info on Irons:


Quote:•"Iron meteorites", also called "irons", are usually just one big blob of iron-nickel (Fe-Ni) metal, as if it came from a industrial refinery without shaping. The alloy ranges from 5% to 62% nickel from meteorite to meteorite, with an average of 10% nickel. Cobalt averages about 0.5%, and other metals such as the platinum group metals, gallium, and germanium are dissolved in the Fe-Ni metal. (Fe is the chemical symbol for iron.) While most "irons" are pure or nearly pure metal, the technical definition of an "iron" includes metal meteorites with up to 30% mineral inclusions such as sulfides, metal oxides and silicates. The irons represent the cores of former planetoids.

http://www.permanent.com/meteorite-compositions.html

I have 7 meteorites, I would love to have this one !


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07-18-2014, 04:37 PM #4
Octo Mother Superior
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Very nice shiny thing! clap.gif
07-18-2014, 04:41 PM #5
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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"While iron meteorites are relatively rare on Earth, almost every meteorite discovered on Mars has been iron. No one quite knows why"

Intriguing... even baffling. I can't shake the feeling there is a tail pipe and muffler close by. chuckle.gif

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07-18-2014, 05:01 PM #6
Not Gumby Incognito
 
Its the remnants of the Core of a Planet

Most likely Tiamet after the collision that formed the Earth and hammered bracelet.

Just like Sitchen said.

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07-18-2014, 05:13 PM #7
Octo Mother Superior
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(07-18-2014, 04:41 PM)JayRodney Wrote:  "While iron meteorites are relatively rare on Earth, almost every meteorite discovered on Mars has been iron. No one quite knows why"

Intriguing... even baffling. I can't shake the feeling there is a tail pipe and muffler close by. chuckle.gif

The iron age on Mars must have been much different hmm.gif
07-18-2014, 05:54 PM #8
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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Indeed. The fossil fuel it would take to keep one of those running was what burned their atmosphere off.
They drove the other one to earth.

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