The body from which 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 or Small rocky or metallic object in orbit around the Sun (or another star). was derived prior to its ejection. Some parent bodies were destroyed early in the formation of our The Sun and set of objects orbiting around it including planets and their moons and rings, asteroids, comets, and meteoroids., while others like the asteroid 4-Vesta and Mars are still observable today.