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Two minerals never before seen on Earth found in 17-ton meteorite

Two minerals never before seen on Earth found in 17-ton meteorite

Two minerals never before seen on Earth have been discovered in a massive meteorite in Somalia. They could hold important clues about how asteroids form.

The two brand new minerals were found inside a 2.5 ounce (70 gram) slice taken from the 16.5 ton (15 metric tons) El Ali meteorite that crashed into The Earth in 2020. Scientists named the mineral ellalite after the meteor and elkinstantonite after Lindy Elkins-Tanton (opens in new tab)the managing director of Arizona State University’s Interplanetary Initiative and principal investigator of NASA’s upcoming Psyche mission, which will send a probe to explore mineral-rich Psyche an asteroid for proof how our solar systemformed planets.

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