Shelter Island meteorite

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Shelter Island meteorite
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Shelter Island meteorite viewed by the Opportunity rover (October 3, 2009).
Type Iron
Parent body Unknown
Composition Kamacite, taenite[1]
Weathering grade Large-scale, cavernous weathering[1]
Country Mars
Region Meridiani Planum
Coordinates 02°07′04″S 05°31′41.30″W / 2.11778°S 5.5281389°W / -2.11778; -5.5281389Coordinates: 02°07′04″S 05°31′41.30″W / 2.11778°S 5.5281389°W / -2.11778; -5.5281389[2]
Observed fall No
Fall date Possibly late Noation
Found date 2009-12-01
Strewn field Possibly[3]

Shelter Island meteorite was found on Mars by the Opportunity rover on 1 October 2009. It is about 27 centimetres (11 in) long.[4]


Shelter Island was the second of three iron meteorites encountered by the rover on Meridiani Planum within a few hundred meters, the others being Block Island and Mackinac Island.[1]

Shelter Island may have fallen on Mars in the late Noachian period and is extensively weathered.[1][3]



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  1. ^ a b c d Ashley, J. W.; et al (July 2011). "Evidence for mechanical and chemical alteration of iron-nickel meteorites on Mars: Process insights for Meridiani Planum". Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets (1991–2012) 116 (E7). doi:10.1029/2010JE003672. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Google Mars
  3. ^ a b Beech, Martin; Ian M. Coulson (2010). "The making of Martian meteorite Block Island". Monthly notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 404. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2966.2010.16350.x. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Opportunity Finds Another Meteorite". NASA. Retrieved 5 January 2013.