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Huge half-ton chunk of Russian meteorite lifted from lakebed (VIDEO)

Published time: October 16, 2013 10:45
Edited time: October 17, 2013 09:09

RIA Novosti / Aleksandr Kondratuk

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The largest-discovered fragment of a Russian meteorite, weighing around 570 kilograms, has been lifted from the bed of Lake Chebarkul in the Urals.

The huge meteorite chunk split into three pieces when scientists tried to weigh it. The precise weight could not be established because the heavy object broke the scales.

The preliminary examination... shows that this is really a fraction of the Chelyabinsk meteorite. It’s got thick burn-off, the rust is clearly seen and it’s got a big number of indents. This chunk is most probably one of the top ten biggest meteorite fragments ever found,” said Sergey Zamozdra, associate professor of Chelyabinsk State University, as cited by Interfax news agency. 

He explained that it was important to establish the weight of the fragment in order to learn more about the qualities of the whole of the meteorite.

The lifted chunk was taken to the regional natural history museum. The plan is to have a small sample of it X-rayed to determine what minerals it consists of.

Video: /files/news/20/c7/20/00/original_946203_meteo_pool_web.mov.mp4

Several earlier attempts to raise this massive chunk of meteorite, found by divers at the beginning of September, failed.

The divers’ mission was hampered by a number of factors. The meteorite fragment lay 20 meters under water, buried under a thick layer of mud.

Estimates concerning the layer of sediments covering the chunk were more optimistic than what the divers actually had to deal with. It took them 10 days to pump the mud away from the rock.

RIA Novosti / Aleksandr Kondratuk

The divers had to do their job in conditions of zero visibility, due to the extremely muddied waters of the lake. Storms further contributed to delays in lifting the celestial body.

The largest lifted chunk of meteorite so far weighed 11 kilograms. Scientists on Wednesday confirmed its extraterrestrial nature.

RIA Novosti / Aleksandr Kondratuk

A huge meteorite, weighing around 11,000 tons, exploded over the Chelyabinsk region in Russia on February 15. It injured more than 1,600 people, and inflicted plenty of damage - around a billion rubles ($31 million) worth and also caused mass media frenzy.

Overall 12 alleged pieces of meteorite have so far been raised from the lakebed.  Five of them were confirmed as meteorite fragments. 

Comments (27)

 

Troy 17.10.2013 15:09

elderlybloke 17.10.2013 02:21

After reading these comments on RT , I am left wondering - Are they from Russians?
I hope not, as the comments are strong evidence that most are from life forms that are ignorant,insane or both.

They could be from people called Democrats and Republicans.


  


HAH! comment of the day. nice job.

 

Timofei Larkin 17.10.2013 11:28

Will IAm Draper 16.10.2013 18:42

NONE of you have caught on to the major, major flaw in this article. They are going to X-RAY this piece of celestial flotsam to find out what composes it? Really?

  


Actually, Auger-spectroscopy, that is carried out by knocking electrons out of the core atomic levels by - surprise - X-rays! and then observing secondary radiation from a sample is a great way to study the chemical composition of a material.

 

gera toutoune 17.10.2013 04:09

@Foreign Agent
you look stupid like a us soldier

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