Own a real piece of Mars cut from a Mars rock found in the desert and certified as martian by the researchers by researchers M. Nazarov and M. Ivanova (Vernadsky Institute Geochemistry and Analytical Chemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences); L. A. Taylor, (Dept. of geological Sciences Planetary Geosciences Institute of the Univeristy of Tennesse, USA)
This unique, high quality, showcase has a Genuine Piece Of Mars in it and can be used as a paperweight, a classroom specimen, or an amazing conversation piece. The display provides a showcase for the Piece Of The Mars and its magnetic closure opens easily. When the showcase is open, the Piece Of The Mars can be easily removed so you can hold the Piece Of Mars in your own hand!. The Mars Paperweight would make a perfect gift for Mars Lover!
- Piece of the Mars: Minimum size 0.12x0.08 inch (3x2mm) was cut from the Mars rock Dhofar 019 (a meteorite from Mars)
- Lucite Block: 5.11x3.54 inch (130x90mm)
- Certificate of Authenticity: As members of the Meteoritical Society we guarantee the authenticity. The certificate contains all scientific data on this Mars rock
This piece of Mars (minimum size: 3x2mm) cut from the martian rock named Dhofar 019 (a martian meteorite). As members of the Meteoritical Society we garantee the authenticity.
Mars meteorite, DHOFAR019, a Shergottite with smectite-calcite-gypsum "orangettes" replacing maskelynite, which are similar to those in Allan Hills 84001 !
TYPE: Martian basalt (shergottite)
CO-ORDINATES: 18°18.97' N , 54°08.87' E
DATE OF FIND: Found 2000 January 24
T. K.W: 1056g
A brownish gray stone weighing 1056 g was found in the desert. Mineralogy and classification (M. Nazarov and M. Ivanova (Vernadsky Institute Geochemistry and Analytical Chemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences); L. A. Taylor, (Dept. of geological Sciences Planetary Geosciences Institute of the Univeristy of Tennesse, USA), fusion crust absent; meteorite is a doleritic rock consisting of subhedral grains (0.2-0.5 mm) of pigeonite (Wo9-15 En40-70, Fe/Mn = 20-40 at.), augite (Wo30-40 En40-55), olivine (Fo25-60, Fe/Mn = 50-60 at.), and feldspar (An36-68) converted to maskelynite; olivine has higher Fe/Mg than that of coexisting pyroxenes, as it is in nakhlites; mineral modes (approx. vol%) are pyroxene = 65, maskelynite = 25, and olivine = 10, with accessory silica, K-rich feldspar, whitlockite, chlorapatite, chromite, ilmenite, titanomagnetite, magnetite, and pyrrhotite; secondary phases are calcite, gypsum, smectite, celestite, and Fe hydroxides; shock features include fracturing and mosaicism, maskelynite, and rare impact melt pockets; extensive terrestrial weathering present mainly as carbonate veins crosscutting the meteorite, however there are smectite-calcite-gypsum "orangettes" replacing maskelynite, which are similar to those in Allan Hills 84001 and could be of Martian origin; bulk chemistry close to Shergotty, with light rare earth elements strongly depleted. Specimens: type specimens, 113 g, 4 g, and 2 g, and two thin sections, Vernad; main mass with anonymous finder.
The Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has discovered that a rock dubbed "Bounce" at Meridiani Planum has a very similar mineral composition to the meteorite EETA79001 and likely shares common origins. Bounce itself is thought to have originated outside the area surrounding Opportunity's landing site; an impact or collision likely threw the rock away from its primary home (Courtesy NASA/JSC/JPL).
The meteorite EETA79001, a basalt lava rock nearly indistinguishable from many Earth rocks, provided the first strong proof that meteorites could come from Mars. Originally weighing nearly 8 kilograms (17.6 pounds), it was collected in 1979 in the Elephant Moraine area of Antarctica.