Meteorites: Rocks from the outer space

Seong Jae Doh, Yongjae Yu

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Abstract

According to the historical documents and paintings in many civilizations, rocks that fell from the sky fascinated humans as the message from the God or supernaturals. Scientific progress allows humans to recognize these exciting extraterrestrial objects as meteorites. Meteorites contain a wealth of pivotal information regarding formation of the early Solar System. Meteorites also provide broader scientific insights on, for example, the origin of life, interplanetary transfer of life forms, massive depletion of biosphere on Earth, and evolution of lithosphere on Earth-like planetary bodies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-190
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the Korean Astronomical Society
Volume43
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Keywords

  • Chondrites
  • Core
  • Differentiation
  • Earth
  • Magnetic field
  • Meteorites
  • Solar system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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