This meteorite was hiding a mineral that has never been found on Earth

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Humans have been on Earth for long enough that we have a pretty darn good idea of what our planet is made of. Scientists have discovered, analyzed, and categorized countless minerals, and we know which ones are rare and which ones are abundant on our planet. So, when astronomers analyzing a meteorite discovered a material that has never been found on Earth before, it's a big deal.

A space rock found in Russia — called the Uakit meteorite because of where it was found — contains some things that Earth just doesn't have. The majority of the rock is made up of a material called kamacite, which an alloy of iron and a little bit of nickel. It's an alloy that has only ever been found in space rocks, but that wasn't even the most interesting thing the meteorite was hiding.

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