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Outer Space (or just 'space') is the void that exists beyond any celestial body, including the Earth. This excludes any locality on Earth, the Moon, Mars or other planets or major moons. Asteroids and comets will be included within this section.
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
Note on the mineral list: minerals listed under "Outer Space" are from catched stardust particles, thus without an "exact" locality.
Mineral ListMineral list contains entries from the region specified including sub-localities
25 valid minerals. 1 (TL) - type locality of valid minerals.
Localities in this Region
Localities for Transported Material
The following localities have been recorded where minerals that have been transported from this locality/region have been found. This may include meteorite finds and glacial erratics, amongst others.
- Eastern Antarctica
- Transantarctic Mts
- Miller Range
- Transantarctic Mts
This page contains all mineral locality references listed on mindat.org. This does not claim to be a complete list. If you know of more minerals from this site, please register so you can add to our database. This locality information is for reference purposes only. You should never attempt to visit any sites listed in mindat.org without first ensuring that you have the permission of the land and/or mineral rights holders for access and that you are aware of all safety precautions necessary.
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Jones, A.P. (2007): The mineralogy of cosmis cust. European Journal of Mineralogy: 19(6): 771-782; DOI: 10.1127/0935-1221/2007/0019-1766