In recent years, interest in space science has heightened. Not surprisingly, so also has interest in meteorites. As samples of early planetary materials, meteorites hold the key to our understanding of the origin and evolution of the Solar System. Three decades ago there were only about 2000 meteorites known to science. Through the serendipitous discovery of concentrations of meteorites bound in Antarctic ice, and a gradual realization that other dry places of the world also contain abundant meteorites that have accumulated with time, today the figure stands at around 30 000. Along with the more widespread availability of meteorites and...

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