The First Rocks Whisper of Their Origins

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Science  11 Oct 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5592, pp. 350-351
DOI: 10.1126/science.298.5592.350

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For centuries, meteoriticists excelled at squeezing information out of rocks but had less success explaining what the information implied about the history of the solar system. Now meteorites are starting to tell their story more clearly. New findings reported in recent months hint that they do indeed preserve a record of the solar system's formation--a record that scientists are starting to interpret with the help of astrophysical models.