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A meteorite is a piece of rock or metal from outer space that has survived its descent through the Earth’s atmosphere.

Most meteorites are pieces of asteroids. Some of the meteorites come from asteroids that melted (learn more) and some come from asteroids that did not melt (learn more).

Can you guess which of these meteorites come from asteroids that melted and asteroids that did not melt? Click the pictures for the answers.

How do these asteroids differ?

(Click on an image for larger view and information.)
Kendleton L4 ordinary chondrite   Leoville carbonaceous photo   Camel Donga eucrite photo   Dora pallasite

- More about meteorites
- Dawn Dictionary