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Bill Rinaldi just sent me this video from the weapon-making series Man At Arms. At viewers’ request, Tony Swatton forges Sokka’s “space sword” OUT OF METEORITES! The results are incredible.

Mind blown. So… how do I buy this thing? Maybe a custom pleather version?

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The Fukang meteorite, believed to be some 4.5 billion years old, was found near a town of the same name in China, in 2000. It is a pallasite, a type of meteorite with golden crystals of a mineral called olivine embedded in a silvery honeycomb of nickel-iron.

The original meteorite weighted just over a thousand kilogram (~2k pounds), but the rock was so brilliant that everybody wanted a piece of it. Since then it has been divided into dozens of thin slices and auctioned or distributed around the world. Fukang is possibly the most stunning extraterrestrial piece of rock man has ever seen.

Photo sources: 1, 2, 3, 4

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This is a sterling silver reversible pendant inlaid with gem quality, 150 million year old dinosaur bone on one side and Gibeon Meteorite on the reverse side.

Agatized dinosaur bone is a rare form of fossilized dinosaur bone where the original fossilized bone (typically permineralized with calcite) has been re-mineralized (replaced/substituted) with silica-type compounds (agate, jasper, chalcedony, or opal).  This bone comes from the Bushy Basin Member of the Morrison Formation, approximately 150 million years old.  The large cell structure indicates it came from a theropod (meating-eating dinosaur).  

Gibeon is an iron-nickel meteorite that fell in prehistoric times in Namibia. The crystal structure of this meteorite provides a classic example of fine octahedrite and the Widmanstatten pattern is appreciated for its beauty both by collectors and designers of jewelry.

Details and Pricing: http://www.fossilera.com/fossils/agatized-dinosaur-bone-gibeon-meteorite-pendant

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"Meteorite Shoes" by Studio Swine

After their project Hair Highway, the Studio Swine comes back with their “Meteorite Shoes” : high heels made in Italian designer inside and in aluminium foam outside in order to imitate asperities and the color of a meteorite. They drew their inspiration from the shape of Comet 67P/Tchourioumov-Guérassimenko captured by the robot Philae sent in the space. 

Via:fubiz

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Never Before Seen Organic Matter Found in Sutter’s Mill Meteorite

Scientists have discovered unexpected ingredients for life — organic molecules never seen before in meteorites — inside a chunk of space rock that fell to Earth over California last year.

The discovery comes from an analysis of the so-called Sutter’s Mill meteorite, which lit up the California night sky with a dazzling fireball in April 2012. Meteorite fragments from the event may shed light on the primordial ooze that helped give rise to life on Earth.

Meteors that streak across Earth’s sky mostly are fragments of the asteroids that lie between Mars and Jupiter. Meteorites can be rich in organic compounds, including some found among life on Earth.

The organic chemicals in meteorites can get extracted with the aid of solvents. Speculation regarding the origin of life is based on the notion that it arose from a “prebiotic” soup of organic molecules, perhaps delivered in part by meteorites. Initially, fragments of the Sutter’s Mill meteorite apparently possessed fewer dissolvable organic compounds left after solvent extraction compared to other similar meteorites.

However, the researchers tried dissolving the fragments in conditions mimicking hydrothermal vents on Earth, the environment often seen in the early Earth that life might have arisen within. Upon such treatment, the rocks released organic molecules not previously detected in similar meteorites. The findings that suggest there are far more organic materials available via meteorite for planetary environments than scientists assumed.

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Credit: Charles Q. Choi/Lisa Warren/NASA/Eric James

1954: the giant bruise just above the hip of Ann Hodges, pictured, is the result of the only confirmed human meteorite strike.

The impact caused quite the stir in the city of Slyacauga, Alabama when it was made, but despite that rock having hurtled out of space to strike her, Hodges survived after it crashed into her living room that winter’s day. 

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Peridotite xenoliths in basalt. Peridote or olivine is a magnesium-iron silicate mineral commonly found in the Earth’s mantle. The photos show “chunks” of green peridote crystals that have broken off from a larger mass and floated into the magma within the Earth’s mantle, before being exposed at the Earth’s surface. Magnesium-iron rich olivine is also commonly found in meteorites. Pallasite meteorites contain olivine crystals mixed with molten iron from the cores of large, diffentiated asteroids. Click here to see extraterrestrial olivine.

I held a piece of Mars today. 

From the Tissint meteorite, which fell east of Tata, Morocco, on July 18th, 2011. This fragment was blasted from the surface of Mars some 700,000 years ago. Most martian meteorites have been collected in Antarctica some time after their initial fall to earth, but because the Tissint meteorite was collected soon after its collision with our planet, scientists are better able to study elements within its structure that reflect atmospheric, surface, and interior qualities of Mars. This meteorite is the first to indicate the presence of moisture on Mars, due to weathering caused by liquid found within this specimen. 

tl;dr saw the first possible evidence of water on Mars and my brain exploded. 

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