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Tissint Martian meteorite

Tissint Martian meteorite

C021/7096

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DAN SYKES / NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, LONDON / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DAN SYKES / NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, LONDON / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Tissint Martian meteorite, micro-CT scan. Meteorites of Martian origin are very rare. This specimen, known as Tissint, is part of a larger meteorite that landed in Morocco in July 2011. The micro-CT scan allows researchers to non-destructively examine the interior of the specimen without the need to cut it open. This image was acquired using X-ray micro-Computed Tomography (also known as micro-CT). A micro-CT scanner projects a beam of X-rays through the sample onto a detector panel. Images are collected over a 360° rotation and these are then reconstructed to form a virtual 3D model of the specimen. This virtual object that can be viewed from all angles and sliced open or digitally dissected. Image by Dan Sykes.

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