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Aeolis Mons 002
Basic information Name: Aeolis Mons 002
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2017
Planet: Mars
Mass:help 1800 g
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 106  (2018)  Iron
Recommended:  Iron    [explanation]

This is 1 of 101 approved meteorites (plus 5 unapproved names) classified as Iron.   [show all]
Search for other: Iron meteorites, Metal-rich meteorites
Comments: Approved 21 Nov 2017
Writeup from MB 106:

Aeolis Mons 002        -4.70767125, 137.3580139


Find: 2017 Jan 18

Classification: Iron meteorite

History: The MSL rover Curiosity observed a very small piece, informally named Ames Knob (henceforth Aeolis Mons 002), on sol 1577. The rock was about 3.4 m from the rover, and observed with Mastcam and ChemCam (LIBS chemical analysis and RMI). The Aeolis Mons 002 location is approximately 350 m south of Aeolis Mons 001 (Egg Rock).

Physical characteristics: The meteorite is a small (7.5 × 8.0 cm), irregularly shaped fragment seen only from one side. It has a blue-gray color, an overall massive appearance, with slight pitting, and without clear, well-preserved regmaglypts. The mass of the meteorite is estimated to be ~1.8 kg.

Geochemistry: The meteorite was probed with a 1x3 ChemCam Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) raster with accompanying Remote Micro-Imager (RMI) images. The LIBS spectra show prominent Fe and Ni peaks. The Fe and Ni peak intensities were nearly constant over the three probed points, which were spaced 14 mm apart across the raster. The Ni/Fe peak ratios for all three points are similar to Chinga, an ataxite with 16.7 wt.% Ni analyzed with a replica of ChemCam in the laboratory at the Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Plan├ętologie (IRAP) (Wiens et al. 2017).

Classification: Iron meteorite.

Specimens: Left in situ on Mars

Data from:
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Date:2017 Jan 18
Mass (g):1800
Classifier:MSL team
Main mass:In situ
Finder:Mars Curiosity Rover
Comments:Submitted by Barbara Cohen
References: Published in Gattacceca J., Bouvier A., Grossman J., Metzler K., and Uehara M. (2019) Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 106. Meteorit. Planet. Sci. 54 in press.
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Coordinates on Mars:
     Recommended::   (4° 42' 28"S, 137° 21' 29"E)

     This is 1 of 15 approved meteorites from Mars
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