Scientists are excited about a coal-coloured rock from Mars that landed in the Sahara desert. A year-long analysis revealed it is quite different from other Martian meteorites: not only is it older than most, it also contains more water...
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Posted 05 January 2013 - 01:09 PM
Hilander, on 03 January 2013 - 08:29 PM, said:
I wish I could find one of them. We saw one fall one time and even with snow on the ground we couldn't find it.
The first modern instance of a meteorite striking a human being occurs at Sylacauga, Alabama, when a meteorite crashes through the roof of a house and into a living room, bounces off a radio, and strikes a woman on the hip. The victim, Mrs. Elizabeth Hodges, was sleeping on a couch at the time of impact. The space rock was a sulfide meteorite weighing 8.5 pounds and measuring seven inches in length. Mrs. Hodges was not permanently injured but suffered a nasty bruise along her hip and leg.
Ancient Chinese records tell of people being injured or killed by falling meteorites, but the Sylacauga meteorite was the first modern record of this type of human injury. In 1911, a dog in Egypt was killed by the Nakhla meteorite.