What Gives Meteorites Their Shape? (IMAGE) New York University Caption Meteoroids coming from outer space are randomly shaped, but many of these, which land on earth as meteorites, are found to be carved into cones. To explore the forces that produce cone-shaped meteorites, researchers replicated meteoroids traveling through outer space: clay objects, attached to a rod, served as 'mock meteorites' that erode while moving through water. Credit NYU's Applied Mathematics Laboratory Usage Restrictions Use in conjunction with this study only. License Licensed content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.