Occasionally meteorites strike the planet Mars with enough force to throw pieces of the planet out into space. Against all odds, some of those fragments have traveled through space and impacted with our own planet.
NORTHWEST AFRICA 6963 (Martian)
Martian Shergottite, Found in Morocco, 2011
In September of 2011 a Moroccan meteorite hunter recovered the first pieces of NWA 6963. Further searches produced specimens ranging from 100 to 700 grams, as well as a few from 3-10 grams. It is thought that the total mass could weigh a massive 8-10 kilograms. We have very few fragments — some with fusion crust — and a few slices available.
NORTHWEST AFRICA 7397 (Martian)
Northwest Africa 7397 is a martian meteorite found in the dry deserts of Africa in 2012. It was examined by meteorite scientists A. Irving and S. Kuehner at the University of Washington and classified as a shergottite. The superb slices were expertly prepared on a special hi-tech saw for maximum surface area. The amazing fragments allow you to clearly view greenish-hue interior and some specimens have fusion crust! Don’t miss your chance to own a piece of the Red Planet.
NORTHWEST AFRICA 11288 (Martian)
A Martian impact melt is most likely the result of a giant meteorite crashing into Mars and melting Martian target rock into a new form. That in itself is remarkable. As any type of impact melt — even in the abundant chondrite family — is highly unusual. So, here we have an exceptionally rare Martian impact melt that also displays vugs.
The word vug is a geological term that describes a cavity found within a rock matrix. In terrestrial formations, vugs are a prime environment for the formation of crystals of varying types. Vugs are almost never seen in meteorites. The first known Martian meteorites were identified by the small pockets of Martian atmosphere they contained. It is likely, or possible, that the comparatively large vugs in NWA 11288 once held within them the thin and alien atmosphere of Mars! The total known find weight of this rare meteorite is 407 grams. We have very few slices available.