Eyes on the skies! Astrogeologist explains why space rocks are so important
From the get-go, I asked Professor Gretchen Benedix how she would describe her job to a child.
"I study rocks from space - I try to understand where we come from by looking at compositions of rocks from space," she says.
As an astrogeologist and cosmic mineralogist, Benedix has the privilege to get up close and personal with meteorites.
Though a handful of well-documented meteorites are known to have originated from the Moon and Mars, most of the meteorites found on Earth have been shown to have originated from asteroids. Studying them would open a treasure trove of information - from their initial composition to their subsequent processes involved in their chemical evolution. They could provide vital clues about the pre-planet forming stages of the solar system.
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