Curiosity rover finds metallic meteorite on Mars

The iron-nickel space rock, nicknamed ‘Cacao,’ is about 1 foot (0.3 meters) wide.

The iron-nickel meteorite “Cacao,” discovered on Mars by NASA’s Curiosity rover. The Curiosity team posted this photo on Twitter on Feb. 2, 2023. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

NASA’s Curiosity rover has found another meteorite on Mars.

The space rock is about 1 foot (0.3 meters) wide and consists primarily of iron and nickel, Curiosity team members announced via Twitter on Thursday (Feb. 2). And the meteorite has a name.

“We’re calling it ‘Cacao,’” the Curiosity team wrote in the Twitter post(opens in new tab), which includes a photo of the rock.

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