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Manwon Lender

Martian Meteorite Hunters: Paving the Way for Future Rovers To Search for Meteorites on Mars

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Manwon Lender

A team at the Natural History Museum (NHM), London is paving the way for future rovers to search for meteorites on Mars. The scientists are using the NHM’s extensive meteorite collection to test the spectral instruments destined for the ExoMars rover Rosalind Franklin, and develop tools to identify meteorites on the surface of the red planet. The project is being presented today (23 July) at the virtual National Astronomy Meeting 2021.

The cratered surface of our nearest planetary neighbor has a long and complex history, and searching for rocks amidst more rocks may seem like a futile activity. Despite this, Martian rovers statistically have a significantly higher ‘find per mile’ success rate than dedicated meteorite hunts on Earth: for every kilometer traveled by a Mars rover, approximately one meteorite is found, even though the rovers have not been specifically looking for them up till now.

https://scitechdaily.com/martian-meteorite-hunters-paving-the-way-for-future-rovers-to-search-for-meteorites-on-mars/

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