Mars’ oldest meteorite traced to strange double impact crater

Researchers have traced the oldest known Martian meteorite to its exact origin point using artificial intelligence (AI), and the findings could help reveal what conditions on our solar system‘s planets were like during their very first days.

The 11-ounce (320 grams) meteorite, officially dubbed Northwest Africa 7034 but commonly known as “Black Beauty,” is believed to have smashed into Earth roughly 5 million years ago. After being found in the Sahara Desert in 2011, its age was dated to just under 4.5 billion years old — making it the oldest Martian meteorite ever found on Earth.

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