Meteorite left Earth then landed back down after round trip to space

The meteorite NWA 13188 seems to have travelled to space and back

Albert Jambon

A meteorite found in the Sahara desert in Morocco may have originated on Earth, before being blasted into space and returning from orbit thousands of years later. If confirmed, this boomerang space rock would be the first of its kind we know about.

Almost all the meteorites we have found come from asteroids, but a tiny fraction are from planetary bodies, such as Mars and the moon. These come from violent impacts that launch debris into space before …

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