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Chebarkul meteorite fragment recovery. Ropes and strapping around the largest (as of October 2013) meteorite fragment recovered by divers from Lake Chebarkul. It weighs about 600 kilograms and is on the metal sheet on which it was dragged to shore. The meteoroid and meteor (Chelyabinsk Event) that produced this meteorite occurred on 15 February 2013 over Russia's Chelyabinsk region. The meteoroid weighed several thousand tons, reaching an altitude of around 20 kilometres before exploding in an airblast. The black fusion crust was caused by the fireball as it passed through the atmosphere. Photographed on 16 October 2013.
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