Russia exhumes massive pieces of the Chelyabinsk meteorite

Credit: NPR

Back in February, a massive meteor exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia. You may have heard something about it in the news. Some fragments of that meteor slammed into a nearby frozen lake. Now, months later, the lake has thawed and the largest piece of the space rock have been exhumed.

The meteor fragment isn't what you would usually think of as a "fragment" of anything, weighing in at somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,300 pounds. We don't have an exact figure on its weight because when the Russians tried to weigh this monster, it literally broke the scale.

Once the meteorite was carted over to Chelyabinsk State University, professor Sergei Zamozdra got a chance to look it over. He confirmed the stellar origin of the scale-crushing rock. He also stated that, whatever its ultimate weight turns out to be, the Chelyabinsk meteorite will go down as one of the all-time top ten biggest rocks to fall out of the sky that we've managed to snag an actual piece of. Here's hoping that record isn't broken for the foreseeable future. Check out some of the original footage of the recovery effort, in Russian, in the video below.

Via Voice of Russia

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