Meteorites: from Mars

Meteorites: from Mars

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  • Mixed engraving techniques.
  • Image size: 150 mm x 100 mm (app.).
  • Paper size: 297 mm x 210 mm (app.).
  • Paper: Hahnemühle 340g FineArt off-white paper.
  • Edition of 50.
  • Printed by Agata Smok in ABK atelier in Mechelen.
  • Signed and numbered by the artist.

Framing (optional):

  • Matching, black frame.
  • Matching, off-white passepartout.
  • Size: 297 x 210 mm (A4).
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While we have not sent back any samples of rock from Mars we have sampled its thin atmosphere and know precisely what gases are there. Rocks often contain gases that are trapped in them since their formation. This is the case with Martian meteorites. By crushing the meteorites and analyzing the gases they have been holding for ages we have found that the unique ratios of isotopes of several gases are the same as those found in the Martian atmosphere. They are ratios that are very different from the ratios of those gas isotopes found on Earth. Since the rocks are types produced by geologic processes found on planetary size rocky bodies Mars is the best candidate and the ratios match as well.
Perhaps we will soon have a sample return mission to Mars and we can learn even more from those samples. But, until then scientist are making some great discoveries working the significant number of Martian meteorites that have been found right here on Earth.