Monday, 24 February 2014 00:47

NWA 7034 "Black Beauty", was found in Northwest Africa in 2011. The exact coordinates of the fall of the meteorite is unknown because it was bought by an American dealer in Morocco on the illegal market. Also for this reason, the meteorite was named "Black beauty".

NWA 7034 contains biggest amount of water (the pores of the stone can contain water molecules) than in any other Martian meteorites found on Earth. NWA 7034 is classified as achondrite. The composition of the meteorite is similar to volcanic rocks that the Rovers are exploring. To nowadays, NWA 7034 is the second oldest Martian meteorite found on Earth. His age is 2 billion years old. The most ancient of Martian meteorites (АLH 84001) 4.5 billion years. About half attain the age of 1.3 billion years, the rest other rocks 600 million years or less.