NASA traced a meteorite back to its original home in deep space

Antonia impact crater

This impact crater on asteroid Vesta launched a meteorite at Earth

NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA, Dawn Mission

A rare meteorite showered hundreds of fragments over Turkey in 2015 – and we may now know the exact location in the solar system it came from.

Peter Jenniskens at NASA’s Ames Research Center and colleagues have traced the meteorite to a crater on the asteroid Vesta, one of the largest objects in the asteroid belt.

They believe the meteorite – an estimated one-metre in diameter – arose from an impact to Vesta approximately 22 million years ago, launching debris into space and …

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