These meteorites are, in fact, an open book on the origin and development of our solar system, as vinciane Debaille explains to us: “There are two main families of meteorites. The primitive meteorites formed at the beginning of our solar system. They are made up of small grains of dust preceding the formation of the planets. The other family of meteorites has experienced volcanic activity. lava covered these asteroids. These allow us to understand how planets are formed. We have in one out of 1000 cases also a meteorite from Mars. A meteorite hits the surface of Mars and sometimes it ejects a piece of rock from Mars which , by ricochet may fall back to earth.”
Scientists are playing the lottery hoping to find one of these meteorites that will come from Mars. Enough to feed the thesis that life on earth came from Mars, but that’s another question…
But back to our 7.6 kg meteorite. It is made up of small metals that make it magnetic. It is heavier than an earthly rock. The grains of dust that compose it were what bathed the solar system in the beginning. These grains of dust agglomerated to form a solid rock which are the meteorites today. In summary, this meteorite is a book on the early history of our solar system.
Next step for her? Return to Brussels for thawing in the laboratory at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, before being analyzed for its chemical composition and becoming available to the scientific community.