Mars Rover’s Basketball-Shaped Discovery Stirs Controversy

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The iron and nickel meteorite found on Mars

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Mars — The Mars Rover Opportunity’s latest discovery has sparked a debate. Recently, NASA’s rover found an iron and nickel object that the Cornell University researchers on the project believe to be a meteorite.

The surface of the meteorite was found to be remarkably free of corrosion. Researchers are as yet unsure whether this means it arrived recently or that it has possibly been sandblasted thoroughly.