Ameteorite is a solid piece of debris from an object, such as a comet, asteroid, or meteoroid, that originates in outer space and survives its passage through the atmosphere to reach the surface of a planet or moon
In his booklet, “On the Origin of the Pallas Iron and Other Similar to it, and on Some Associated Natural Phenomena”, published in 1794,he compiled all available data on several meteorite finds and falls.Ernst Florens Friedrich Chladni (Father of Meteoritics).
From this, he was forced to conclude that meteorites were actually responsible for the phenomena known as fireballs, and, more importantly, that they must have their origins in outer space.
“Fossil” meteorites are sometimes discovered by Exo geologists & Astrobiologist . They represent the deeply weathered remains of meteorites that fell to Earth in the remote past and were preserved in sedimentary deposits sufficiently well that they can be recognized through mineralogical and geochemical studies.