NASA and the US Army are analyzing meteors from Mars to get new information about the Red Planet's work. One of the specimens called "Black Beauty" is over two billion years old and contains water that makes it unique to others. Charming figures show scientists from the Army Research Laboratory using CT to look deeper in metal and rock and create 3D high-quality images. "Black Beauty" is the size of baseball and weighs approximately one pound.
Army engineer Dr. Jennifer Seites explains, "What is unique about Black Beauty is that this is one of the oldest Martian meteorites found on Earth
" It has been proven that there is some evidence of water , that's what makes it so special.
"I think there are many benefits that cooperation between NASA and ARL can provide."
In the larger picture, ARL now also supports national space policy, helping to speed up the mission to return to the Moon and Mars
"In this connection, ARL helps a much bigger picture of the advancement of science."
"With the X-ray CT we can not be destructive. Identify gaps and defects so only in cracks in the material before testing. "
Referring to the first time he saw the Martian meteorites, Dr. Seites said:" We met in a conference room and they pulled it out, and we were all able to put on gloves and keep it is really clean.
"It's just amazing that this comes from another planet and we can hold it in our hand."
NASA's Goddard scientist, Dr. Jim Garvin, said: "Science really is a joint one, because even the peer review process that lets us publish our work requires our colleagues to understand what we are doing.
"Not only from a written page or a computer screen, so I think collaboration begins with my birth in science Working with new measurement techniques that measure the previously unmeasured in things we barely understand is the best way to we go.
"Space is a great place and there is a lot of work to be done."