Five more things about that 7,000 ton flaming meteor that fell to Earth

Five more things about that meteor that crashed to Earth last week in Russia:

  1. The meteor has been identified as a chrondite, the Voice of Russia reports. “The fragments contain a standard number of minerals, including olivine, pyroxene, troilite and kamacite,” scientist Viktor Grokhovsky told the news organization. “These minerals that can be discovered only in outer space confirm the fragments’ extraterrestrial nature.”
  2. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is warning consumers to be on the lookout for fake meteor samples. “We’ve had reports from coast to coast and the pitch is always the same,” said an FTC spokesman. “A person carrying a small paper sack strikes up a conversation by saying, “Hey buddy — how’d you like to own a piece of galactic history?
  3. Meanwhile, the Russian Academy of Sciences and the State University of Chelyabinsk are offering rewards for certifiable meteorites.
  4. Mashable reports that collectively all the eyewitness meteor videos attracted more than 130 million viewers last weekend — “the vastest rate of viral growth ever seen for an online video event.”
  5. Speaking of what’s real and not,  a Moscow paper suggests that almost half of the Russians polled suggested they believed the meteor was not a meteor, but in fact some sort of “secret weapon test, alien spacecraft, ballistic missile, message from God, an extraterrestrial Trojan horse carrying a deadly space virus to wipe out Earth.” Now you are up to date.

 




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Five more things about that 7,000 ton flaming meteor that fell to Earth

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