The Tissint meteorite, a unique window to explore Martian geology

The Tissint meteorite, which hit Morocco one year ago, definitely comes from Mars. A scientific study has concluded that this bolide had its origin in the Martian crust and contains in its interior materials of the atmosphere and the surface of the red planet

The rock thus becomes a unique window for a knowledge even more rigorous of Mars, completing the discoveries of missions like that of 'Curiosity'. "These meteorites are one of the direct sources of information about the planet's conditions (mainly atmospheric and lithospheric)," explains Jesús Martínez Frías, Doctor of Geological Sciences, Head of the Department of Planetology and Habitability of the Center for Astrobiology (CSIC-INTA ), to ELMUNDO.es.

The fact that it was sighted was essential to collect remains more quickly, maintaining its original characteristics, since "it has not been practically affected by the inorganic and organic contamination that is usual in older specimens, "says Martínez Frías.

 

Fuente: EL MUNDO. Adrián Pascual

 

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