EMERY, South Dakota, USA

The iron and stone portions of this meteorite are very well mixed, indicating that it was smashed together sometime during its formation.

For instance, there is evidence of grinding and folding in its past. Meteorites like this give scientists the opportunity to study the composition of the universe and to understand more about the formation of planets and solar systems such as our own.

It is imporant to remember that meteorites such as Emery come to us just the way they occurred in space. The deformation of the crystals is not a result of terrestrial impact.