Chelyabinsk Meteorite Recovery

Russian scientists have successfully recovered the largest fragment yet of the Chelyabinsk meteorite. The 600-kilogram space rock was lifted from its resting place on the floor of Lake Chebarkul, 13 metres below the water’s surface. The meteorite had lain at the bottom of the lake since its unexpected and dramatic arrival on 15th February this year. The initial meteoroid was around 17 metres wide, and exploded on entry about 20 kilometres above the city of Chelyabinsk, blowing out windows and injuring more than 1000 people. This fragment, described as “the daddy” of recovered pieces by scientist Sergei Zamozdra, will be studied by scientists before being displayed at a local museum.

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