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Chelyabinsk meteor fragment recovered


Posted on Saturday, 19 October, 2013 | Comment icon 7 comments


A 112.2g fragment of the Chelyabinsk meteor. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Svend Buhl / Meteorite Recon

Russian authorities have managed to haul a huge chunk of the meteor up from the bottom of a lake.

The meteor caused widespread damage and injuries when it exploded over Chelyabinsk in Russia back in February of this year with more than 7,200 buildings damaged and 1,500 people wounded. Chunks of the meteor fell across the region including one piece that punched through the ice of Lake Chebarkul, prompting efforts by scientists to retrieve the fragment for study.

Divers spent the better part of a month hauling the 570kg piece of meteor up from the bottom of the lake, a feat that received a substantial amount of media attention. Rather embarrassingly the chunk crushed the scales and broke in to three pieces while it was being weighed, dampening the success of having recovered it intact.

"Some peculiarities characteristic of stone meteorites prove that itís a fragment of the Chelyabinsk meteorite," said Prof Sergei Zamozdra. "In all probability, it will rank among the top ten largest meteorites ever found."

The meteor is believed to have originated in the early solar system and dates back over 4.56 billion years.

   
Source: The Register | Comments (7)

Tags: Chelyabinsk, Meteorite


 
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Comment icon #1 Posted by seeder on 11 September, 2013, 18:19
Half-ton fragment of Russian meteorite located on lakebed A date stone-shaped fragment of the famous Chelyabinsk meteorite weighting several hundred kilograms was located on the bed of a lake in the Urals. Divers are planning to start recovery of the celestial object later this week. The fragment of the meteorite, which exploded high over Russia’s Chelyabinsk region in February, injuring more than 1,600 people and causing plenty of damage and much excitement on the ground, was discovered with sonar survey of Lake Chebarkul. http://rt.com/news/chelyabinsk-meteorite-recovery-lake-660/
Comment icon #2 Posted by Imaginarynumber1 on 12 September, 2013, 5:22
Wow. A half ton fragment. I hope they cut it open and it's filled with an ooze that comes out and covers the researchers and then eats them by dissolving all their tissue but leaves their bones intact and it just keeps growing and eating people and growing and can't be stopped as it slimes it's way across the Russian countryside until finally a plucky young lad figures out it has an aversion to cold and blasts it with fire extinguishers util it freezes at which point it will be dropped by cargo plane in the heart of the Arctic where it shall remain frozen forever. Or will it?
Comment icon #3 Posted by patagonianhorsesnake on 12 September, 2013, 21:11
well, i hope it cracks open on its own, revealing a small creature that people try to kill or sell (out of greed) but then it grows, and grows, and watch out! fortunately, gamera arrives to save a small child that the creature threatens, and humans are safer, and perhaps wiser... for a little while.
Comment icon #4 Posted by seeder on 12 September, 2013, 21:41
ha but the thing is, its only a 'fragment', (yeh but a BIG fragment) it broke up on the way in...with some bigger pieces and some much smaller pieces
Comment icon #5 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 24 September, 2013, 23:45
Comment icon #6 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 26 September, 2013, 23:55
Comment icon #7 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 16 October, 2013, 23:54


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