DescriptionMeteorites are natural objects that have fallen from space to the Earth's surface. Once considered bad omens, they are now recognise d as a unique window onto the processes that forged the formation of the solar system 4,570 million years ago. They reveal how impac ts have shaped and modified planets, asteroids and moons/ and they even contain evidence of astrophysical phenomena that occurred lo ng before our solar system was born. In Meteorites, leading experts from the Natural History Museum, London provide a compelling and cutting edge introduction to the evolving science of meteoritics. They reveal what meteorites are, where they are most likely to be found, and the type of celestial bodies that they hail from. The book contains all the latest information on key meteorite falls an d considers some of the big questions that still remain - such as whether our solar system is unusual in creating a planet that supp orts life, and if it is likely we will find complex life elsewhere. With a mix of photographs, diagrams and maps, Meteorites is esse ntial reading for all those with an interest in the nature of our solar system.