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Scientists Find Evidence of 1888 Death by Meteorite

It's the earliest evidence of such an occurrence

(Newser) - Researchers in Turkey are on the trail of a killer from space. After searching state archives, the researchers believe they have found the earliest confirmed case of a person being killed by a meteorite, Space.com reports. The researchers say the luckless man was killed and another man was paralyzed...

Under Greenland's Ice, a Surprise Find

Scientists think they've found one of the world's biggest impact craters

(Newser) - Scientists think they've found one of the world's biggest impact craters, but confirmation is tricky given its location—under a glacier in Greenland. In the journal Science Advances , researchers make the case that a meteorite perhaps a mile wide slammed into Greenland somewhere between 12,000 and 3...

12-Pound Moon Chunk Sells for No Small Amount

Buyer agrees to fork out $612K

(Newser) - A 12-pound chunk of the moon that fell to the Earth as a lunar meteorite has been sold at auction for more than $600,000, the AP reports. Boston-based RR Auction announced Friday the $612,500 winning bid for the meteorite, composed of six fragments that fit together like a...

Small Meteorite Hits Space Station

NASA and Moscow say the resulting 'minute' leak poses no danger to crew

(Newser) - The crew aboard the International Space Station is dealing with a unique workplace hazard, but NASA says nobody is in danger. It seems a small meteor caused a "minute" pressure leak, reports AFP . The six-member crew is now repairing the leak, which was found not on the station itself...

4.5B-Year-Old Meteorite Launches Bizarre Legal Fight

"This isn't a typical theft"

(Newser) - The question of who owns a particular chunk of a famed meteorite is heading to federal court with the filing of a lawsuit and countersuit, SF Gate reports. It all started billions of years ago with the Fukang meteorite slammed into China's Gobi Desert. Fast-forward to the year 2000:...

Man Believed to Be First Ever Killed by Meteorite

But some scientists remain skeptical

(Newser) - There's the slim chance of being hit by lightning, and then there's the almost nonexistent chance of being hit by a meteorite. A man in India, however, was apparently killed by the latter, which would likely make him the first person recorded killed by an object that fell...

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