"A well-illustrated overview of the science and (literal) impact of these space rocks."
-- Science News, on the first edition
Leading experts in the field provide a compelling introduction to the space rocks that enter Earth's atmosphere at speeds ranging from 25,000 mph to 160,000 mph. Scientists estimate that about 48.5 tons of meteoritic material falls on the Earth each day. These messengers from space give us a unique insight into the nature of the material that was present when our solar system formed.
Many of the specimen meteorites in this second edition were re-photographed to improve quality, and the optical microscopy shots were updated. There is also much new information on discoveries and developments in the study of meteorites, including:
Co-author Sara Russell, who is part of NASA's Mars program, provides the latest news about NASA's Mars programs, including the Mars Rover, which landed in 2016.
Caroline Smith is Head of Earth Sciences Collections and Principal Curator of Meteorites at the Natural History Museum, London.
Sara Russell is Merit Researcher in Cosmic Mineralogy and Planetary Sciences at the Natural History Museum. She is a Science Team member of NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission, and proud namesake of Asteroid Sararussell.
Natasha Almeida is a Postdoctoral Researcher in Mineral and Planetary Sciences at the Natural History Museum. She specializes in the very rare enstatite chondrites meteorites.