Scientists pining for a sample return from Mars have a consolation prize — rocks recently found in Morocco are freshly arrived bits from our neighbor planet.
The rocks not only are rare because they came from Mars — of the roughly 24,000 meteorites that have been discovered on Earth, only about 34 hail from the red planet, NASA says — they also just arrived.
Scientists believe they plummented to Earth in a meteorite shower last July. They were recovered in Morocco in December.
The biggest of the 15 rocks weighs more than 2 pounds. They’re worth 10 times the price of gold.
Image: Arizona State University snagged a 349-gram sample of the newly found Mars meteorite, called Tissint. Photo: Laurence Garvie/ASU