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Growing Earth Bacteria On A Martian Meteorite
Martian rocks as energy source for ancient life forms

Life of a pure Martian design

Experimental microbially assisted chemolithotrophy provides an opportunity to trace the putative bioalteration processes of the Martian crust. A study on the Noachian Martian breccia Northwest Africa (NWA) 7034 composed of ancient crustal materials from Mars has now delivered a unique prototype of microbial life experimentally designed on a real Martian material.

Groundbreaking Astrobiology Study on the Black Beauty Martian Meteorite...with material contributed by Mile High Meteorites

Milojevic, T., Albu, M., Kölbl, D., Bruner, R., and Morgan, M.L., 2021, Chemolithotrophy on the Noachian Martian breccia NWA 7034 via experimental microbial biotransformation: Nature Communications Earth Environ. No. 2, vol. 39
Link to SCIENTIFIC PAPER in Nature

Preliminary Results of a New Lunar Impact-Melt Breccia Meteorite Northwest Africa (NWA) 13638 presented at the 52nd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Houston, TX
Mile High Meteorites has exclusive rights to the moon rock NWA 13638

Tissint Meteorites Purchased by Denver Museum of Nature and Science 2020
The Denver Museum of Nature and Science acquired two specimens, totaling over 40 grams, of the Tissint, Morroco Martian meteorite from Matt Morgan of Mile High Meteorites. The meteorites will be on display in the new Space Odyssey exhibit.

The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum this week announced that it has received a donation of a piece of a meteorite that originated on Mars.
Mile High Meteorites gave the NMHFM a 6.4-gram slice of a Martian lherzolitic shergottite found in 2013 at Locality NWA 7755 in Morocco. Only seven meteorites of this type are known to exist. Most meteorites from Mars are found in hot deserts or Antarctica, where they remain uncovered by vegetation after hitting the Earth.

PRESS RELEASE from the National Mining Hall of Fame

The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum announces the addition of three lunar meteorites to its Expanding Boundaries: Harrison Schmitt and the New Mining Frontier exhibit.
The lunar meteorites are now on view at the museum. These specimens are on loan from Mile High Meteorites, the Matt Morgan Colllection.
“I’m extremely honored to have my lunar meteorites on display at the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum,” said Morgan. “These fragments of the moon are larger than those that are on display in many of the world’s top museums and represent over four billion years of lunar history. I sincerely hope they may help inspire the next generation of space explorers.”

Witnesses Say Dazzling CO  Meteor May Be In La Garita Mountains
Forty times brighter than a full moon, the meteor was seen as far away as New Mexico, Wyoming and Idaho, according to a press release from Denver's Nature and Science Museum.

A Meteor's Remnants Draw a Posse
The hunt will soon be on for the remnants of a meteor that lighted up the night sky last month, dazzling witnesses in several states.
On the night of Aug. 17, away from the city lights of this rapidly growing region, people -- whether they were sitting in a hot tub, taking a break on a porch swing or gathering around a campfire -- stopped and looked to the stars. Witnesses from as far north as Idaho and as far south as New Mexico said they saw a brilliant fireball. Some Coloradans heard sonic booms.

JOHNSTOWN – Eighty-five years apart, their falls to earth were. But both the Berthoud and Johnstown meteorites have significant scientific value to this day.

Matt Morgan of Mile High Meteorites and Gary Curtiss of the Rocky Mountain Meteorite Laboratory said the large size of the hypersthene crystals suggests (the) Johnstown meteorite cooled slowly, probably within a magma chamber beneath the surface of a differentiated asteroid, like 4 Vesta.”

Chicago's Rain of Meteorites!
On the night of March 26th, shortly before midnight, residents of several Midwestern states witnessed a dazzling — and, to many, frightening — spectacle in the sky. A brilliant fireball appeared over central Illinois and moved north, ending its fiery descent through the atmosphere in at least two bright flashes just south of Chicago. Powerful sonic booms soon shook the landscape and were detected as far away as western Canada.

At 4:20 in the afternoon of July 6, 1924, people were gathering for a funeral service in front of a church near the town of Elwell, two miles west of Johnstown, Colorado. Out of nowhere, a sudden sound, likened to that of an airplane engine, filled the quiet day and interrupted the service. A trail of smoke was emblazoned across the blue sky followed by a series of loud explosions. At ground level, "thuds" and "thumps" were heard and a black stone, falling from the sky, stuck near the doors of the church where the service was being held. Thirty minutes after the service, the church undertaker removed a 15-pound stone from the soil at a depth of 20 inches. 

 The Chico, New Mexico Impact Melt Breccia: Observations
The 231-pound Chico meteorite was found in January of 1954 on the northeastern plains of New Mexico. Originally classified as an ordinary L6 chondrite, Chico has undergone scrutiny once again and is now classified as an L6 impact melt breccia. While this May not seem like much of a change, one look at a polished section of the meteorite and you will see something very unique.

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