Source of Mars Meteorites Might be Single Giant Crater

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Scientists on Earth are in possession of around 150 meteorites that originated on Mars, but there is no official consensus how old they are. A new study from researchers at the University of Oslo in Norway indicates that most of the meteorites from Mars that have landed on Earth might be from a single source in the Mojave Crater of our neighboring red planet.

Scientists on Earth are in possession of around 150 meteorites that originated on Mars, but there is no official consensus how old they are.

A new study from researchers at the University of Oslo in Norway indicates that most of the meteorites from Mars that have landed on Earth might be from a single source in the Mojave Crater of our neighboring red planet.

Evidence from the study also shows that the surface of Mars might be 200 million years older than previous estimates suggest.

According to most estimates, Martian rocks found on Earth known as shergottites are believed to be anywhere from 150 to 600 million years old, but the results of this study show that they might be up to 4 point 3 billion years old.

Other experts are skeptical of the study’s findings, saying that using satellite scans to ascertain the mineral content of the shergottite rocks is the same of the Mojave Crater is inconclusive, as is the researchers’ explanation for the composition of the rock changing while traveling through space.

The study is reportedly ongoing as researchers continue to look for additional craters on Mars as possible sources of meteorites.
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