As we continue our search for exciting aliens (see: living ones), we should pause to appreciate the slightly more boring aliens that have already landed here on Earth: rocks from Mars.
Sure, Martian meteorites are probably not as immediately gratifying as the ones found in our movies (those with a penchant for exploding from our stomachs, etc.), but they have been confirmed near Foumzgit, Morocco.
About six months ago, meteorites were witnessed falling in North Africa, but it wasn't until December that they were found and tested. Now, for the fifth time in human history, scientists have chemically confirmed Martian meteorites on Earth.
If you still don't care, then know this: these rocks are about 1 million times rarer than gold. They'll be selling for a nice chunk of change. In fact, there's less than 240 pounds of Martian rock on Earth: that's like one kinda hefty person (made of Martian rock).
Since no voyage to Mars has ever returned samples, this is important for scientists wanting to study the planet's composition. And the newer the sample, the more valuable, since those that have been among us for too long are tainted by Earth.
Now scientists at NASA, museums and other scientists are scrambling to buy the rock from the dealers and collectors who scooped them up immediately.
Darryl Pitt, a dealer (can't help, when hearing that phrase, but imagine this guy camped out behind a club with a trench coat full of Mars), is selling the rock for $11,000 to $22,500 an ounce. That's ten times the cost of gold, according to the AP. (Good to keep in mind: if your loved one's ever pissed, forget the hands-and-knees/here's-a-gold-necklace routine, and opt instead for a Mars rock pendant. On sale now!).
The last fresh bit of Mars was found in 1962.