Space collectors vying to own a piece of rock fell from Mars

Andrea Divirgilio / January 18, 2012

If they come in pieces, you got to have them; those who are wondering what we would be referring to, then it’s all about the pieces of rock which have descended from the outer space, more specifically from the planet of mars. We had previously showcased such an example in form of the Hambleton meteorite, which was in the wish list of many collectors. Similarly, it’s the turn of these Mars meteorites which had earlier fallen on the soil of the North African country of Morocco, last July to now command a premium price for its extra terrestrial origins.

Tissint meteorite from Mars

Scientists are now confirming that pieces of rock which fell on Moroccan soil last year are actually from the planet of Mars. In modern history, this is only the 5th such instance that the piece of the red planet, which is a large distance away from the earth, has actually had one of its piece falls on earthy soil. This is perhaps the reason why the scientific communities, along with the plethora of private collectors are vouching for pieces of the meteorite, now been christened the Tissint. The reason for such a strong and rising demand for the 15-lbs of the Martian soil, is that it is evidence which could unveil a lot about the what the mysterious planet holds, in terms of varied life forms and whether it is even possible for any life form to exist in such harsh conditions.

Since the word is out, Meteorite dealer Darryl Pitt states that private collectors have started bidding for the pieces of rock from Mars, and are even willing to shell out as much as $22,000 for a single ounce piece. That rate currently puts this piece of rock at a price higher than of gold, and almost at par with rare elements like Iridium, which also is known to have some extra-terrestrial sources. However, for us it’s just a rather weird hobby that the rich folks indulge in. Do check out our coverage of the world’s most famous meteorites sale, which had some iconic rocks from outer space commanding a premium price. It’s not just the earth anymore; the other planets seem to be just as interesting now.

Via: Gizmodo/ RD Mag

  • pinterest