An asteroid, hurtling through space at tens of thousands of miles per second, impacted the fourth planet from the sun. The impact kicked a piece of the distinctive red planet off Mars and sent it in turn into the cold reaches of space, like a cueball connecting on a pool table.
That little piece of Mars fell to Earth, where it was discovered in the Sahara Desert last year.
And now it can be yours for the low, low price of about $160,000, part of an auction of nature and science artifacts from Heritage Auctions.
“The specimens in this sale represent some of the finest fossils, meteorites, and natural history items I have had the privilege to handle” said Craig Kissick, Associate Director of Nature & Science for Heritage Auctions. “This auction will appeal to everyone fascinated by natural history and truly has something for everyone – even those new to this collecting genre.”
The 1.37 pound hunk of rock is incredibly rare; less than 300 pounds of Martian rock is known to exist on Earth, the auction house said. The auction will end June 2.