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What Is a Meteorite?

Part of Hall of Meteorites.

A.2. WHAT IS A METEORITE hero

In simplest terms, a meteorite is a rock that falls to Earth from space. Meteorites are rocks, but they are not like Earth rocks. Most are far older, and they provide some of the only samples we have of other worlds – other planets, asteroids and possibly comets – in our solar system. Some meteorites even contain tiny particles that formed around other stars that existed before our Sun.

Because meteorites are ancient pieces of these celestial bodies, scientist rely on them for information a