Paper on the Sutter’s Mill Meteorite Appears in “Science”

NASA Researchers Strike Scientific Gold With Meteorite
NASA Researchers Strike Scientific Gold With Meteorite

The Sutter’s Mill meteorite fell to ground on 22 April 2012 and shortly thereafter searches were instigated for samples by NASA-ARC and SETI personnel in cooperation with multiple volunteers from the public. These efforts resulted in the finding of a number of metoeritic stones that were subsequently analyzed using a variety of analytical techniques by a world-wide consortium of scientists. The results of this work appeared as a Research Article in the 21 Dec 2012 issue of Science. These efforts established that the Sutter’s Mill meteorite is an unusual carbonaceous chondrite, a relatively rare type of meteorite that contains prebiotic organic compounds.

Figure Caption: Fragments of the Sutter’s Mill stone SM2. The stone is in fragments because this meteorite was found in a parking lot after it had been run over by a car. The largest fragments are about a centimeter across.