The Costa Rican meteorite shattered from the big root meteorite with a washing machine and contained much information about the early solar system.
The small meteorite fell into a hole in the roof of the dog house in Aguas Zarcas town, Costa Rica, on April 23. Rocky, the dog lying inside, luckily not injured. This is just a piece of the original meteorite that contains a lot of clay, carbonaceous chondrite . This type of meteorite is of great scientific value but also very fragile, which can break when it comes to rain.
Scientists are excited with the specimen collected from the Rocky Stables and other meteorite fragments. They estimated the large meteorite as a washing machine when entering the Earth's atmosphere.
"Meteorites formed in a lifeless environment, then preserved in a cold vacuum in outer space for 4.56 billion years, eventually fell to Costa Rica" , Laurence Garvie, manager in China Meteorological Research Center at Arizona State University, said.
Garvie and his colleagues are analyzing the debris collected within 5 days after the meteorite falls on Aguas Zarcas. These days the weather is dry, helping the meteorite piece not be destroyed by rain.
The team also protected the samples by placing them in a nitrogen cabinet . "If carbonaceous chondrite is left in the air, they will lose some extraterrestrial traits. They must be carefully preserved for future and current research , " Garvie explained.
Aguas Zarcas meteorite has the main ingredient is clay. With a high level of clay meteorite, scientists can study the possibility of humans collecting water from asteroids and turning into fuel or drinking water in the future.
In addition, these meteorites also contain information about the early days of the solar system, when they first formed."Carbonaceous chondrite is quite rare and is also one of the meteorites that researchers hunt the most because they contain the best preserved clues about the origin of the solar system" , Meenakshi Wadhwa, head of the Center Meteorite study, said.