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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Miller Range 03346

Mosaic of MIL 03346,2 under cross-polarized light created for the More than Meets the Eye exhibit.
Photo by Kristin O'Connell. Click to zoom.
Meteorite Type Nakhlite
Locality Antarctica

This close-up image of a rock’s interior provides a window into the history of Mars. Collected in Antarctica in 2003, this rock was ejected from Mars by a meteorite impact and eventually fell to Earth. Crystallized from molten magma, it samples a 1.3 billion years old Martian lava flow. Scientists at the National Museum of Natural History combine the study of these rocks with their work on unmanned missions to Mars to understand the history of the Red Planet.

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