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Part of Hall of Meteorites.

Mars section in the Hall of Meteorites, showing three meteorites, text and images. C. Chesek/©AMNH

Rocks from Another World

Pieces of Mars that fall to Earth as meteorites gave us our first samples of the surface of another planet.

The Martian landscape looks strikingly similar to the deserts of Earth. But billions of years ago, water flowed in abundance on Mars, carving huge canyons while immense volcanoes erupted mountains of lava.

Today, dust storms swirl over a barren surface scarred by craters marking the sites of impacts that may have dislodged meteorites, including those displayed here. But large amounts of water still lie frozen just beneath the Martian surface, raising hopes that some form of life might have arisen on ancient Mars.

Martian meteorites offered th