CALLISBURG, TX-- A panel of international scientists has confirmed that about 15 pounds of meteorites that fell in Morocco last summer came from Mars. NASA scientists were included in the group that performed extensive tests on the space rocks.Astronomers think that millions of years ago.. something big smashed into Mars that sent fragments flying through the solar system.
Occasionally, some fall to Earth. That leads us to Callisburg, TX to a man named Coy Stopall.
"I know that that is metal of some type, it screams that it is," Stopall said.
Meteorites are naturally occurring objects that are made in space and fall to the ground, according to www.meteorite.com. They are composed of iron or stone.
Stopall believes he has found one.
"I'm smart enough to know that when there is a piece of big ol' rock there that's not like anything else on your property, and it's got little bitty swirls of melted metal in it, that it's abnormal," Coy explained.
The peculiar looking rock was found in a creek bed, on Stopall's property about two years ago. He said when he came across the rock, it was about 6 feet under the surface. So he dug it up.
He has sent it to be tested at North Texas University. He has received no report back yet. But he hasn't given up hope.
"And I can look and just like right there, if you can focus your eyes in on it, it's all melted metal," Stopall explained.
He sent a sample of the rock to North Texas State University to be testing, but so far hasn't heard back yet.
Dusty Girard is a professor of Geology at Grayson County Community College.
"Just because something looks like metal, doesn't make it metal," Girard said.
She said, she's no meteorite expert, but with a few simple tests, about anyone can tell whether the rock came from outer space.
One test... Is the magnet test.
"The most common and easiest thing you can do is get a refrigerator magnet. Test the magnet powers of it," Girard explained.
When Stopall's rock was tested, the magnets had no attraction.
She believes it's a sedimentary rock, but it's not something you would find everyday.
"This typically you wouldn't find on a daily basis, because it would be deep underground," Girard said. "I would say, no it's probably not common. But it's safe to say it's not a meteorite."