But how can we have mineral localities listed in outer space? Minerals in outer space can be detected in one of several ways.
1. Measurements from Earth or orbital telescopes. Absorption spectra in, for example, dust clouds can potentially be used to identify different chemicals and minerals. However this does not necessarily mean there are any crystalline compounds within these clouds, so this can only be used as pointer towards possible minerals in outer space.
2. Samples investigated by probes. Probes have sophisticated analytical equipment on them, probes to comets and asteroids, for example, may be able to identify known or currently unknown mineral speciecs within the makeup of the body.
3. Dust returned from probes to comets, etc (such as the NASA Stardust mission) - see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stardust_%28spacecraft%29
4. Dust known to originate from outside the Earth's atmosphere collected by high-altitude aircraft or baloons - see brownleeite
Mineral ListMineral list contains entries from the region specified including sub-localities
28 entries listed. 24 valid minerals. 1 type locality (valid mineral).
Localities in this Region
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Locality Updated: Proserpina reservoir, Mérida, Badajoz, Extremadura, SpainFrom Joan Rosell, 5th Dec 2013 09:46:23