A FRAGMENT OF THE MARTIAN ZAGAMI METEORITE
FALL SITE: ZAGAMI, KATSINA PROVINCE, NIGERIA, 3 OCTOBER, 1962
Shergottite. 6.391 grams, 31.958 ct, 2.6 x .3 cm.
The Zagami meteorite is the single largest Martian meteorite ever found, and prior to being cut up, its original weight, was 18.1 kg. On the 7 of November, 1996, 34 years after it fell to Earth, a small fragment of Zagami launched to Mars, attached to the Surveyor spacecraft; with this symbolic gesture, Zagami became the first meteorite to be sent back to its planet of origin by the hand of man. A rare piece of the Red Planet.