Rock Found in Eastern Russia is Most Likely Meteorite

According to geologists rock made of a type of crystal never before seen outside a laboratory is most likely a meteorite from the early days of the solar system. Two years after identifying the Russian rock‘s unusual composition, a team of scientists thinks it has nailed down its origin. The researchers say it is a quasicrystal formed under conditions far more likely in space than inside the Earth, and that its chemical composition of metallic copper and aluminum resembles what is found in so-called carbonaceous chondrites, the primitive meteorites that scientists think were remnants shed from the original building blocks of planets. Crystals are symmetrical, neatly ordered patterns of atoms that repeat themselves regularly. They are found commonly in nature in different types of rock.