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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Russian Meteor Recovered from Lake

The Atlantic reports:

The largest remaining piece of the gigantic meteor that exploded over central Russia earlier this year before plunging into a frozen lake, was recovered this morning. And it's still a pretty healthy chunk of rock. Diving crews have spent most of the last month working to lift the the massive fragment from the bottom of Lake Chebarkul, where it settled after plunging from the sky and breaking through the then-frozen surface back on February 15. They hauled it to the shore on Wednesday morning to present to throngs of media and interested spectators. 
Despite burning up and exploding in the upper atmosphere, the fragment that remains is still quite large. The meteorite is several feet wide and estimated to weigh more than 1,000 pounds.

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