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Meridiani Planum 008
Basic information Name: Meridiani Planum 008
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: MP 008
Observed fall: No
Year found: 2009
Planet: Mars
Mass:help 65 kg
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Recommended:  Iron    [explanation]

This is 1 of 102 approved meteorites (plus 3 unapproved names) classified as Iron.   [show all]
Search for other: Iron meteorites, Metal-rich meteorites
Comments: Approved 17 May 2020
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Writeup from MB 109:

Meridiani Planum 008        2.120°S, 5.533°W

Mars

Find: 14 Oct 2009

Classification: Iron meteorite

History: The Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity encountered a pitted boulder on sol 2034 along the rover’s traverse to Endeavor crater.

Physical characteristics: The rock exhibits severe erosion: portions of Mackinac Island are smooth with rounded hollows, but the rock has an excavated interior, with a metal lacework all that remains in some regions.

Classification: Pancam 13-filter images show that Mackinac Island has similar VIS-NIR spectral patterns and morphologies as Block Island and Shelter island, found nearby, suggesting it is an iron meteorite (Ashley et al. 2011). The rover compositional instruments were not used on this rock so the grouping cannot be further defined.

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Origin or pseudonym:Meridiani Planum
Date:14 Oct 2009
Latitude:2.120°S
Longitude:5.533°W
Mass (g):65000
Pieces:1
Class:Iron
Classifier:B. Cohen, GSFC
Type spec mass (g):0
Type spec location:Mars
Main mass:Mars
Finder:Opportunity rover
Comments:Submitted by B. Cohen, GSFC
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References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 109, in preparation (2020)
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Barbara Cohen   
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     Recommended::   (2° 7' 12"S, 5° 31' 59"W)

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     This is 1 of 15 approved meteorites from Mars
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