A Work in progress. A solid natural object reaching a planet’s surface from interplanetary space. Solid portion of a meteoroid that survives its fall to Earth, or some other body. Meteorites are classified as stony meteorites, iron meteorites, and stony-iron meteorites. These groups are further divided according to their mineralogy and Click on Term to Read More develops orientation when it experiences a period of stable flight through Earth’s atmosphere during which it is gradually sculpted into a more and more stable shape (cone or shield) through Gradual removal of the successive surface layers of a material through various processes. • The gradual removal and loss of meteoritic material by heating and vaporization as the meteoroid experiences frictional melting during its passage through the atmosphere. The resulting plasma ablates the meteor and, in cases where a meteor Click on Term to Read More. The resulting meteorite can show evidence of other features associated with ablation including flow lines, roll-over lipping and regmaglypts.