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Weird Rock Renews Debate Over Life On Mars

Space.com | Megan Gannon | Posted 02.28.2014 | Science

The discovery of tiny carbon-rich balls and tunnels inside a Martian meteorite has once again raised the possibility that the Red Planet was teeming w...

WATCH: Hypervelocity Space Rock Smashes Into Moon, Sets New Record

Space.com | Megan Gannon | Posted 02.26.2014 | Science

The high-speed impact of a wayward space rock on the surface of the moon last year triggered the brightest lunar explosion ever seen, scientists say...

Old Hunk Of Rock Turns Out To Be WHAT!?

LiveScience | Stephanie Pappas | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science

A hunk of rock found in a private collection is a rare meteorite, researchers have announced. The brown-black rock, which is small enough to fit in ...

Desert Discovery Reveals Secrets Of Mars' Distant Past

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 11.21.2013 | Science

A meteorite found last year in the Sahara Desert is likely the first recognized piece of ancient Martian crust, a new study reports. The Mars meteor...

Has Scientist Found Holy Grail Of Life?

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.04.2013 | Science

Scientists know life on Earth began more than 3.8 billion years ago, but exactly how it began has long been an unanswered question. Now a scientist...

Strange Space Rock Reveals How Planet Lost Atmosphere

Space.com | Becky Oskin | Posted 10.23.2013 | Science

The atmosphere of Mars may not have escaped into space billions of years ago, scientists say. Instead, the bulk of Mars' carbon dioxide gas could be l...

Curiosity Confirms Theory About Space Rocks

Space.com | Miriam Kramer | Posted 10.21.2013 | Science

Some pieces of rock that fell to Earth from space are indeed from Mars, new measurements reveal. New data collected by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity ...

Big Space Rock Raised From Bottom Of Lake

AP | Posted 10.17.2013 | Science

MOSCOW -- MOSCOW (AP) — Russian scientists have recovered a giant chunk of the Chelyabinsk meteorite from the bottom of the lake it crashed into. T...

Strange Molecules Found Inside Fragment Of West Coast Fireball

Space.com | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 09.10.2013 | Science

Scientists have discovered unexpected ingredients for life — organic molecules never seen before in meteorites — inside a chunk of space rock tha...

Russian Space Rock May Have Had Near-Miss Before Impact

Space.com | Clara Moskowitz | Posted 08.27.2013 | Science

The meteor that exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia, in February likely had a near miss before it hit Earth, possibly with another solar system object ...

The Glamorous Inner Lives Of Meteorites

Posted 08.05.2013 | Arts

Although they can be a little rough around the edges, meteorites are certainly glamorous at heart. Astronomy photographer Jeff Barton threw us for a l...

Meteorite Riddle May Have Been Solved

Space.com | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 07.25.2013 | Science

The riddle of the age of meteorites from Mars might now be solved, with researchers finding these rocks from the Red Planet might not be billions of ...

Artist Aims To Do WHAT With This Space Rock?

Space.com | Miriam Kramer | Posted 07.25.2013 | Science

An artist working with a 4.5-billion-year-old meteorite wants to send it back to space. Katie Paterson has been using a large iron meteorite from Ar...

Planet's Surface May Have Harbored Key Building Block For Life

Space.com | Megan Gannon | Posted 06.12.2013 | Science

At a time when life as we know it was just getting its start on Earth, Martian clay may have harbored a key component for one of life's molecular bu...

Tsunamis of Sound

Eric J. Heller | Posted 07.13.2013 | Science
Eric J. Heller

If you could see sound traveling, you'd soon notice other waves coming at you with long wavelengths: like ocean swell 100 feet or 1000 feet from crest to crest, or like tsunami waves, miles from crest to crest. These are the "tsunamis of sound," hugely long waves.

Two Meteorites With VERY Exotic Origins Identified

Posted 04.28.2013 | Science

By: Clara Moskowitz Published: 04/28/2013 10:26 AM EDT on SPACE.com Two surprising grains of sand in a pair of meteorites that landed on Earth sug...

Weird Green Meteorite Came From WHERE?

Posted 04.05.2013 | Science

By: Miriam Kramer Published: 03/29/2013 10:54 AM EDT on SPACE.com Scientists may have discovered the first meteorite from Mercury. The green rock...

NASA Weighs In On 'Flash' Seen In Skies Along Coast

AP | JAKE PEARSON | Posted 03.24.2013 | Science

NEW YORK -- East Coast residents were buzzing on social media sites and elsewhere Friday night after a brief but bright flash of light streaked across...

Ancient Meteorite Crater Discovered Beneath Small Town

Posted 03.08.2013 | Science

By: Andrea Thompson, OurAmazingPlanet Managing Editor Published: 03/06/2013 12:49 PM EST on LiveScience Buried beneath the rocks, dirt, buildings ...

REVEALED: Cosmic Secrets Of Huge Russian Fireball

Posted 02.27.2013 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 02/27/2013 06:55 AM EST on SPACE.com A meteor that exploded over Russia earlier this month likely hit Earth after a long ...

Has 100-Year-Old Meteor Mystery Finally Been Solved?

Posted 02.24.2013 | Science

By: Miriam Kramer Published: 02/22/2013 02:12 PM EST on SPACE.com It may be the ultimate cosmic cold case, but the 100-year-old mystery of a huge ...

MAP: Every Meteorite Impact Since 2300 B.C.

The Huffington Post | Craig Kanalley | Posted 02.20.2013 | Science

Just days after a meteor exploded over Russia, a map showing every meteorite to have hit Earth since 2300 B.C. is going viral. Scientists concluded...

'We May Be F*cked, But At Least God Isn't Hurling Rocks At Us'

Posted 02.20.2013 | Comedy

On Tuesday, Jon Stewart got his first chance to address the meteor that exploded over the Russian Urals last week, and he was duly shocked and awed. B...

Words That Shaped Last Week: "Carnival," "Meteorites," and "Banana Joe"

Vanity Fair | Posted 04.21.2013 | Media
Vanity Fair

By Juli Weiner, Vanity Fair For your edification, a look back at the phrases, nouns, and neologisms that have, for better or for worse, shaped the ...

Asteroids and Ancestors

Al Eisele | Posted 04.20.2013 | Books
Al Eisele

It may seem far-fetched to claim that the meteor that exploded above Siberia last week deserves a footnote in the memoir I'm writing of my late parents, both prominent writers, but it's true.