Consider the following statements:

  1. The majority of meteorites to the earth come from asteroid belt located between Mars and Jupiter 
  2. Meteors burn up in the mesosphere

  Which of the above statements is/are correct?

Answer: [C] Both 1 & 2

Both are correct statements
Most of the asteroids in our solar system can be found between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. The majority of meteorites to the earth come from asteroid belt located between Mars and Jupiter. When a meteoroid enters the mesosphere, it encounters the molecules present in the mesosphere and rubs up against them. The heat generated by frictional rubbing burns the meteors.

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