Scientists have analyzed one of the oldest space rocks ever discovered. The data could reveal secrets about the early solar system during the birth of planets, and help scientists better determine the ages of the oldest meteorites to fall to Earth.

The 4.6-billion-year-old Erg-Shish 002 meteorite, studded with green crystals, was discovered in the Erg-Shish region of the Sahara Desert in Algeria in 2020.

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