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ASU has chunk of Mars rock that fell in July

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Posted: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 9:53 am

Arizona State University says it has acquired a rare and large meteorite chunk that fell from Mars in Morocco last July.

Scientists confirmed Tuesday that the chunks hit the African nation over the summer in only the fifth time known to man that Martian meteorites have fallen on Earth.

ASU's Center for Meteorite Studies says it has obtained one of the largest chunks from the most recent fall to be displayed for the public.

Laurence Garvie, the center's collection manager, says the new 12.3-ounce sample is one of the center's most prized pieces and the most significant addition to its collection in several decades.

The sample will be on display in the spring in Tempe.

The last time a Martian meteorite fell and was found fresh was in 1962.

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