NASA and the US Army are analyzing meteorites from Mars to gain new information on the workings of the Red Planet. One of the specimens, named 'Black Beauty', is over 2 billion years old and contains water, making it unique from the rest. Fascinating footage shows scientists from the Army Research Laboratory using CT scans to look deep inside metal and rock and create 3D high-quality images.
Army Materials Engineer Dr Jennifer Sietens explains: "What's unique about Black Beauty is that it's one of the oldest martian meteors that has been discovered on Earth
"I think there is a lot of benefits that the collaboration between NASA and ARL can provide."
"In the bigger picture, ARL is now also supporting national space policy.
"With the x-ray CT scan we can non-destructively "
Referring to the first time she saw the Martian meteors, Dr. Sietens said:" We met in an conference room and they took it out and we
"It's just amazing that this came from another planet and we can hold it in our hand."
NASA Goddard Chief Scientist Dr Jim Garvin said "Science is really intrinsically collaborative because even the peer review process that allows us to publish our work requires our peers to understand what we do."
"Not just from a written page or computer screen, starts at birth in science.
"So we ar The best way to go is to work together with new measurement techniques that measure previously unmeasured in things we are barely understanding.
"Space is a great place and there is a lot of work to be done."