Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Mercury Origin of Green Meteorite Now Doubted Due to Age

Green Meteorite's Age Casts Doubt on Possible Mercury Origin

Date: 08 April 2013 Time: 07:00 AM ET
Possible Mercury Meteorite
This green meteorite that landed in Morocco in 2012 could be from Mercury.
CREDIT: Stefan Ralew/sr-meteorites.de
A strange green space rock hailed as perhaps the first meteorite ever discovered from Mercury may be too old to have come from the solar system's innermost planet, some scientists say.

Last month, scientists announced that the green-hued meteorite NWA 7325 shares many chemical similarities with Mercury, suggesting it may be the first known visitor from the small, sun-scorched planet.

But NWA 7325's advanced age — it's thought to be more than 4.5 billion years old — casts some doubt on this interpretation, some scientists have stressed, citing the example of Earth's moon to help make their point.

More - Link >>> http://www.space.com/20547-mercury-meteorite-mystery-age.html

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Meteorite from Mercury Found ?  (2013 Feb. 5):

Link >>> http://spacewatchtower.blogspot.com/2013/02/meteorite-from-mercury-found.html


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