Two minerals never seen before on Earth have been found in a 17-ton meteorite

Two minerals never seen before on Earth have been found in a large meteorite in Somalia. They could hold important clues about how asteroids formed.

The two new minerals were found in a 70-gram chip recovered from the 16.5-ton (15 metric-ton) Dio meteorite that struck it. a land in 2020. Scientists named the mineral elaliite meteor And again elkinstantonite Lindy Elkin Tanton (Opens in a new tab)interim director of Arizona State University’s Interplanetary Initiative and principal investigator of NASA’s upcoming Psyche mission, which will send probes to probe the mineral-rich psyche asteroid For a guide on how we work Solar systemFormed planets.

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