Always fascinated by impacts, we were intrigued by the amazing images and videos of the Chelyabinsk meteorite that collided with the earth earlier this year.
A continued search project has lead divers in Russia to recover a half-tonne meteorite fragment which exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia, in February 2013.
One of the top ten largest meteorite rocks to ever be found on earth, it measures in at five feet long, breaking the scales which managed to take an incredible five hundred and seventy kilograms of its weight before collapsing.
Originally thought to be resting in Lake Chebarkul at a depth of around six metres, the diver’s mission to rediscover the exploded meteorite, was delayed due to the rock being a surprise eighteen metres deep in the water. It landed on the frozen lake with such impact that it created a six metre wide cavity.
Scientific studies show that the meteorite features a unique fusion crust outer surface which was created when a layer of the rock melted during its plummet through the boiling atmosphere.
It’s difficult to distinguish meteorites from normal rock because of their varying shapes, sizes and forms.
As the Divers continue their search for fragments of the Chelyabinsk meteorite we’re excited to see what else comes up.