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October 14 2012

Scientists probe fresh Martian meteorite

A meteorite that streaked to Earth in a blazing fireball over the Moroccan desert is one of the freshest samples of the Red Planetís surface and atmosphere that scientists have ever seen.

Desert nomads recovered fragments of the Tissint meteorite, one of just five from Mars that have been seen during their descent, after it landed early in the morning of July 18, 2011. The space rock resembles a meteorite found in Antarctica in 1980 that was the first to show strong evidence of its Martian origin. But unlike other Martian meteorites that have sat on Earthís surface for tens or hundreds of years before being discovered, Tissint hasnít had much time to be altered by terrestrial influences.

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