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Nova 005
Basic information Name: Nova 005
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2002
Country: North America?
Mass:help 242 g
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 90  (2006)  L5
Recommended:  L5    [explanation]

This is 1 of 7139 approved meteorites (plus 4 unapproved names) classified as L5.   [show all]
Search for other: L chondrites, L chondrites (type 4-7), Ordinary chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites (type 4-7)
Comments: Approved 21 Feb 2005
Writeup from MB 90:

Nova 005

Location is unconfirmed within the Americas

Find: 2002

Ordinary chondrite (L5)

History: One mass of 242 g was found. There have been a variety of explanations of how and where this meteorite was found. The current version involves an 80-year-old man as having found this stone while hunting for obsidian artifacts in the Cactus Flat-Coso Junction-Red Hill-Fossil Falls area (the east side of Rose Valley, California). The find location has been alternatively represented as Owens Lake, then Rose Valley, and most recently Fossil Falls.

Physical Characteristics: (A. Rubin, UCLA) The stone was found with 100% black fusion crust with a few spots of a rust-like color. The interior is cream-colored and sparsely speckled with orange spots.

Petrography: The sample is ~30 vol% chondrules and 70 vol% matrix. Most sulfide and metal grains appear slightly oxidized. Olivine (Fa24.2). Note: The terrestrial age (Battelle Labs) is 25 ± 6 yr.

Classification: Ordinary chondrite (L5); S1, W1.

Specimens: A 41.2 g sample is on deposit at UCLA. A total of ~200 g is held by Meteorite Recovery Lab.

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UCLA: Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1567, United States (institutional address; updated 17 Oct 2011)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 90, MAPS 41, 1383-1418 (2006)
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     This is the only approved meteorite from North America?

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