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  • Space Impact 'Saved Christianity'

    11/12/2006 10:29:21 PM PST · by blam · 82 replies · 2,519+ views
    BBC ^ | 6-23-2003 | David Whitehouse
    Space impact 'saved Christianity'By Dr David Whitehouse BBC News Online science editor Did a meteor over central Italy in AD 312 change the course of Roman and Christian history? About the size of a football field: The impact crater left behind A team of geologists believes it has found the incoming space rock's impact crater, and dating suggests its formation coincided with the celestial vision said to have converted a future Roman emperor to Christianity. It was just before a decisive battle for control of Rome and the empire that Constantine saw a blazing light cross the sky and attributed...
  • Rare meteorite found in Kansas field

    10/16/2006 5:28:17 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 49 replies · 1,843+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/16/06 | Roxana Hegeman - ap
    GREENSBURG, Kan. - Scientists located a rare meteorite in a Kansas wheat field thanks to new ground-penetrating radar technology that someday might be used on Mars. The dig Monday was likely the most documented excavation yet of a meteorite find, with researchers painstakingly using brushes and hand tools to preserve evidence of the impact trail and to date the event of the meteorite strike. Soil samples also were bagged and tagged and organic material preserved for dating purposes. Even before they had the meteorite out of the ground, the scientific experts at the site were able to debunk prevailing wisdom...
  • UFO lit up northern skies

    08/22/2006 4:26:52 AM PDT · by Kurt_Hectic · 42 replies · 1,470+ views
    www.aftenposten.no ^ | 22 Aug 2006, 10:39 | Aftenposten English Web Desk Nina berglund
    Calls streamed in to local police stations during the night after an unidentified flying object darted over the night skies in northern Norway. A top astronomer, though, thinks it was another meteorite. Astronomer Knut Jørgen Røed Ødegaard thinks the object flying though the northern skies Monday night was a meteorite. Several police districts logged reports from members of the public who observed "something" flying at high speed. "What they're talking about here is some sort of flying object, and we can't explain what it was," Oddgeir Slettli, operations leader for the Midtre Hålogaland Police District, told dagbladet.no. Observations were reported...
  • Ten Years Later, 'Life' in Martian Meteorite Still Not Verified

    08/08/2006 8:48:31 AM PDT · by Sopater · 10 replies · 198+ views
    Fox News ^ | Sunday, August 06, 2006
    It was a science fiction fantasy come true: Ten years ago this summer, NASA announced the discovery of life on Mars. At a Washington, D.C., news conference, scientists showed magnified pictures of a four-pound Martian meteorite riddled with wormy blobs that looked like bacterial colonies. The researchers explained how they had pried numerous clues from the rock, all strongly supporting their contention that microscopic creatures once occupied its nooks and crannies. It was arguably the space agency's most imagination-gripping moment since Apollo. Space buffs and NASA officials said that it just might be the scientific discovery of the century. "If...
  • Meteor explosion recorded over Oslo Fjord area (Norway)

    07/14/2006 8:12:38 AM PDT · by Kurt_Hectic · 27 replies · 828+ views
    www.aftenposten.no ^ | 14 Jul 2006, 16:56 | Aftenposten's reporter Rolf Larsen, Aftenposten English Web Desk Nina Berglund
    Astronomers were fending off scores of calls on Friday from Norwegians who reported hearing what experts are calling a meteor explosion over southeast Norway, somewhere over the Oslo Fjord area. NORSAR, in Kjeller, has registered a signal from the explosion. Officials at NORSAR and at the University of Oslo said there likely are remnants of the meteor lying on the ground between Gardermoen to the northeast of Oslo and Askim to the southeast. "I urge people to search for particles that may have fallen to earth," astronomer Knut Jørgen Røed Ødegaard told Aftenposten.no. He said the stones would be black...
  • A Meteoroid Hits the Moon

    06/14/2006 6:37:50 AM PDT · by steve-b · 32 replies · 1,757+ views
    NASA ^ | 6/13/2006
    There's a new crater on the Moon. It's about 14 meters wide, 3 meters deep and precisely one month, eleven days old. NASA astronomers watched it form: "On May 2, 2006, a meteoroid hit the Moon's Sea of Clouds (Mare Nubium) with 17 billion joules of kinetic energy—that's about the same as 4 tons of TNT," says Bill Cooke, the head of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office in Huntsville, AL. "The impact created a bright fireball which we video-recorded using a 10-inch telescope." Lunar impacts have been seen before--"stuff hits the Moon all the time," notes Cooke--but this is the best-ever...
  • Record meteorite hit Norway (caught on camera too)

    06/09/2006 8:47:00 AM PDT · by mwilli20 · 121 replies · 4,598+ views
    Aftenposten (Norway) ^ | 06/09/2006 | Nina Lødemel/Jonathan Tisdall
    As Wednesday morning dawned, northern Norway was hit with an impact comparable to the atomic bomb used on Hiroshima. ... At around 2:05 a.m. on Wednesday, residents of the northern part of Troms and the western areas of Finnmark could clearly see a ball of fire taking several seconds to travel across the sky. ... "I saw a brilliant flash of light in the sky, and this became a light with a tail of smoke," Bruvold told Aftenposten.no. He photographed the object and then continued to tend to his animals when he heard an enormous crash. "I heard the bang...
  • Water Found In Meteorite

    01/25/2006 8:52:11 PM PST · by blam · 20 replies · 796+ views
    BBC ^ | 8-27-1999
    Water found in meteorite Tiny bubbles are caught in the water Scientists have made the first discovery of liquid water in a meteorite. The space rock was recovered by a group of boys in a small Texas town who saw it fall out of the sky in 1998. Specimens taken to Nasa's Johnson Space Center in Houston were subjected to tests by Michael Zolensky and his colleagues. When they cracked open the rock they found tiny, purple spots of halite - crystals of sodium chloride, or table salt - along with minute amounts of briny water. Others who have looked...
  • Million-dollar Space Rock Unearthed - Meteorite-hunter hits jackpot under 7 feet of Kansas soil

    11/11/2005 9:31:18 PM PST · by anymouse · 45 replies · 1,702+ views
    MSNBC ^ | Nov. 11, 2005
    A rare 1,400-pound (635-kilogram) meteorite was discovered seven feet (2 meters) underground by a collector in an area long known for producing prized space rocks. Using a metal detector mounted on a three-wheel vehicle, Steve Arnold of Kingston, Ark., found the huge meteorite two weeks ago in Kiowa County’s Brenham Township in southern Kansas. The meteorite is classified as an oriented pallasite, a type noted for a conical shape with crystals embedded in iron-nickel alloy. Only two larger ones of that type are known to have been found: a 3,100-pounder in Australia and a 1,500-pounder in Argentina. Those translate into...
  • 1,400-Pound Meteorite Found in Kansas

    11/11/2005 2:36:39 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 108 replies · 3,147+ views
    Wichita Eagle ^ | 47 minutes ago
    GREENSBURG, Kan. - In an area of southwest Kansas long known for its meteorite finds, Steve Arnold came up with what may be the biggest of its kind ever found in the United States. Arnold, a professional meteorite hunter from Kingston, Ark., found the 1,400-pound space rock two weeks ago in Kiowa County's Brenham Township. Using a metal detector mounted on a three-wheel vehicle, he discovered it more than 7 feet underground and dug it up. It was in the same area that in 1949 produced a 1,000-pound meteorite now on display at the Celestial Museum in Greensburg, part of...
  • Birthplace of famous Mars meteorite pinpointed

    09/16/2005 9:44:14 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 42 replies · 1,011+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 9/16/05 | David L Chandler
    The original home of the world's most famous space rock, the Allen Hills Martian meteorite, has now been identified, thanks to data from the orbiting spacecraft Mars Global Surveyor and Mars Odyssey and a better understanding of cratering dynamics. The rock, called ALH84001, has been the subject of intense study ever since 1996 when scientists from NASA's Johnson Space Center startled the world by reporting that fossilised microbial life might be embedded inside it. The rock, which formed at the very dawn of the solar system 4.5 billion years ago, was blasted from the surface of Mars around 17 million...
  • Blinding "fireball" lights up Finnish sky

    05/18/2005 1:02:03 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 66 replies · 1,400+ views
    ap ^ | Wed May 18, 7:51 AM ET | ap
    HELSINKI (AFP) - An exceptionally bright "fireball" was spotted slicing through the sky over Finland before exploding over the country's border with Russia. The phenomenon was witnessed by dozens of people in the eastern part of the country, the Finnish Astronomical Association (URSA) said Wednesday. "Our mathematicians have roughly calculated that the (fireball) began its decent over our eastern border and ended in an explosion over the Russian Karelia region," URSA newsletter editor Marko Pekkola told AFP. Closer calculations will be needed to determine the exact route taken by the "fireball", which was probably an incandescent meteorite, Pekkola added.
  • Mystery object lights up Northwest sky

    03/12/2005 9:33:14 PM PST · by Mr.Atos · 135 replies · 7,126+ views
    FOX 12 OREGON ^ | 03.12.05 | NA
    PORTLAND - A flaming object was spotted streaking through the Saturday night sky across Western Oregon and the impact was heard all the way from Salem to Medford, according to various reports. Newspapers across the western half of the state and KPTV were getting phone calls from people who saw the object. Summer Jensen of Portland said she was sitting in her living room with her father when they saw the flash of light outside and rushed to see what it was. "I've never seen anything like that," Jensen said, adding that the object appeared to be moving slowly compared...
  • NASA Rover Finds Meteorite on Mars Surface

    01/18/2005 6:25:44 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 45 replies · 1,310+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/18/05 | John Antczak - AP
    LOS ANGELES - In a stroke of luck, the NASA (news - web sites) rover Opportunity has discovered a basketball-size metal meteorite sitting on the surface of Mars, the mission's main scientist said Tuesday. Opportunity came upon the meteorite last week while it was taking a look at a spacecraft shell that was jettisoned before landing after protecting the rover during its plunge through the martian atmosphere. Tests performed during the weekend confirm it is a nickel-iron meteorite, said Steve Squyres, a Cornell University scientist who is the principal investigator for NASA's Mars Exploration Rovers mission. "I didn't see this...
  • Comet or Meteorite Impact Events in 1178AD?

    01/03/2005 3:59:02 PM PST · by blam · 66 replies · 5,613+ views
    SIS Conference ^ | 1-26-2003 | Emilio Spedicato
    1. Introduction As related by Clube and Napier in their monograph The Cosmic Winter, see [1], in the year 1178 A.D. four wise men of Canterbury were sitting outside on a clear and calm 18th June night, a half Moon standing placidly in the starry sky. Suddenly they noticed a flame jutting out of a horn of the Moon. Then they saw the Moon tremble and its colour change slowly from light brilliant to a darker reddish tone. Such a colour remained for all the time the Moon was visible during that phase. This story is found in a manuscript...
  • Small Asteroid Passes Between Satellites and Earth

    12/23/2004 7:36:30 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies · 619+ views
    Space dot com ^ | 22 December 2004 | Robert Roy Britt
    The object, named 2004 YD5, was about 16 feet (5 meters) wide, though that's a rough estimate based on its distance and assumed reflectivity. Had it entered the atmosphere, it would have exploded high up, experts figure. The asteroid passed just under the orbits of geostationary satellites, which at 22,300 miles (36,000 kilometers) altitude are the highest manmade objects circling Earth. Most other satellites, along with the International Space Station, circle the planet at just a few hundred miles up... the second closest pass of an asteroid ever observed by telescope, according to the Asteroid/Comet Connection, a web site that...
  • "..Could be the first photograph of a meteorite hitting Earth"

    11/23/2004 3:13:24 PM PST · by yankeedame · 94 replies · 9,992+ views
    News.Com.AU ^ | November 24, 2004 | staff writer
    Meteorite 'photographed' hitting Earth By Nigel Adlam November 24, 2004NORTHERN Territory scientists were last night studying what could be the first photograph of a meteorite hitting Earth. The chances of an impact being captured on film are millions to one. "If this is true, it's one of the most remarkable pictures ever taken," astronomy tutor Geoff Carr said yesterday. The photograph was taken by keen amateur photographer Wayne Pryde as he stood near the Darwin Cenotaph on The Esplanade and looked down to Fort Hill Wharf on Monday evening. The meteorite, which could have been as small as a grain...
  • Great-grandmother has lucky escape from very unlucky mishap (grazed by meteorite)

    08/18/2004 5:14:00 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 754+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 8/18/04 | AFP - London
    LONDON (AFP) - Most people would think they were supremely unlucky to be struck by a falling meteorite while out in their back garden. Yet great-grandmother Pauline Aguss is just grateful the rock only grazed her arm. The 76-year-old was hit by a swiftly-falling fragment of rock while hanging out washing in her garden in the county of Suffolk, the Sun newspaper reported in its Wednesday edition. If the golf ball-sized fragment is confirmed as originating from space, Aguss will be the first Briton ever known to have been struck by a meteorite. Aguss told the newspaper that she had...
  • Probe To 'Look Inside' Asteroids

    07/28/2004 8:22:08 AM PDT · by blam · 28 replies · 956+ views
    BBC ^ | 7-28-2004 | Paul Rincon
    Probe to 'look inside' asteroids By Paul Rincon BBC News Online science staff in Paris, France Studies of asteroids would aid Earth-protection strategies A new space mission concept unveiled at a Paris conference aims to look inside asteroids to reveal how they are made. Deep Interior would use radar to probe the origin and evolution of two near-Earth objects less than 1km across. The mission, which could launch some time later this decade, would also give clues to how the planets evolved. The perceived threat of asteroids colliding with our planet has renewed interest in space missions to understand these...
  • 'House-sized' meteorite hits

    06/17/2004 8:34:50 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 72 replies · 436+ views
    news.com.au ^ | June 17, 2004 | From news.com.au staff and AAP
    A METEORITE reportedly the size of a house fell on the NSW south coast overnight, exploding in a bright flash, police have said. A driver on the Hume Highway shortly after 9pm (AEST) near Menangle reported an object the size of a house falling from the sky. The object fell east of the Hume Highway, possibly in an escarpment near the top of a hill at Bulli, police were told. The meteorite was described as glowing silver in colour and similar to an artillery shell when it exploded with a bright flash on impact. Workers at the Sydney Airport Tower...
  • Very Large Meteorite Fell Down in Siberia

    06/13/2004 3:24:49 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 88 replies · 2,939+ views
    Pravda ^ | 15:33 2003-03-18
    Pravda.RU:Top Stories:More in detail 15:33 2003-03-18Very Large Meteorite Fell Down in Siberia The falling of the meteorite is still mysterious. Scientists say that it might weigh 60 tons The night was rather dull in the north-east of the Russian Irkutsk region on September 25, 2002. All of a sudden, night turned into day. A very bright glow covered the sky, it was hard to look at it. Those people, who happened to be outside at 2 a.m., saw a ball of fire that was flying very fast across the sky. Weird rusting sounds could be heard. A few seconds...
  • Grapefruit-Sized Meteorite Smashes Through NZ Home

    06/13/2004 1:16:26 AM PDT · by freebilly · 56 replies · 217+ views
    Reuters ^ | 6/13/04
    WELLINGTON (Reuters) - A grapefruit-sized meteorite smashed through the roof of a New Zealand house, hitting a couch and bouncing off the ceiling before coming to rest under a computer. The 1.3 kg (2.9 lb) chunk of space debris dropped out of the sky and plummeted through the tiled roof of the Auckland home Saturday. "I was in the kitchen doing breakfast and there was this almighty explosion," owner Brenda Archer told the Sunday Star-Times newspaper. "It was like a bomb had gone off. I couldn't see anything, there was just dust." Archer's one-year-old grandson had been playing nearby minutes...
  • What was that flash? What was that boom?

    06/03/2004 2:20:33 PM PDT · by Truth666 · 85 replies · 264+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | June 3, 2004 | Seattle Times
    Rattled outdoor furniture, frightened cats. We heard reports from several readers about the mysterious booms and flashes of light early this morning over Puget Sound: "I was watching late night TV when at exactly 2:42 p.m. I saw the sky light up like a nuclear bomb had exploded. The entire sky and my whole yard glowed a luminous red color. I went outside to investigate and could hear a loud rumbling noise."
  • Possible Meteor Over Western Washington

    06/03/2004 6:26:16 AM PDT · by travelnurse · 37 replies · 421+ views
    FoxNews | June 3, 04
    Possible Meteor Over Western Washington Thursday, June 03, 2004 SEATTLE — Bright flashes and sharp booms were reported in the skies over the Puget Sound (search) area early Thursday, and aviation officials said a meteor (search) may have been the source. An early report that a meteor might have hit near Chehalis, about 90 miles south of the city, turned out to be false, a University of Washington scientist who specializes in meteorites said. Toby Smith, a lecturer in astronomy, told The Associated Press scientists were looking into the cause of the skybursts reported over a wide area about 2:40...
  • It Came From Outer Space And We Don't Care, Say Museums

    01/23/2004 9:26:13 PM PST · by blam · 20 replies · 282+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 1-24-2004 | Giles Tremlett
    It came from outer space and we don't care, say museums Giles Tremlett in Madrid Saturday January 24, 2004 The Guardian (UK) A home was yesterday being sought for two fragments of rock from outer space which fell to earth in Spain two weeks ago and which museums there have turned down. The meteor fragments were found by a Spanish journalist, Abel Tarilonte, after a flaming ball of rock was seen shooting across the skies of northern and central Spain. Villagers in the mountains of northern Spain reported hearing and feeling explosions after the bright white fireball passed overhead on...
  • Balls of Fire over Spain (meteorites ?)

    01/04/2004 3:19:02 PM PST · by Truth666 · 39 replies · 311+ views
    el pais ^ | 04/01/04 | el pais
    Thousands witnessed today afternoon : balls of fire crossing over northern Spain.
  • meteorite crashes in iran

    01/03/2004 7:58:37 PM PST · by omega_c · 11 replies · 147+ views
    reuters ^ | 1/2/04 | reuters
    Meteorite hits Iran Fri January 02, 2004 10:48 AM ET TEHRAN (Reuters) - A meteorite has hit northern Iran causing minor damage to property but there were no immediate reports of casualties, state radio has said. It said the impact sent locals in panic onto the streets in the northern town of Babol in Mazandaran province. "A meteorite which hit Babol on Friday morning caused only some minor damage to residential units," radio said, without giving further details or citing any source. It said the impact was felt up to one kilometre away. Iranians are currently mourning at least 30,000...
  • Meteorite hits Iran

    01/02/2004 6:39:38 PM PST · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 132 replies · 190+ views
    Yahoo! UK ^ | January 2, 2993 | Reuters
    TEHRAN (Reuters) - A meteorite has hit northern Iran causing minor damage to property but there were no immediate reports of casualties, state radio has said. It said the impact sent locals in panic onto the streets in the northern town of Babol in Mazandaran province. "A meteorite which hit Babol on Friday morning caused only some minor damage to residential units," radio said, without giving further details or citing any source. It said the impact was felt up to one kilometre away. Iranians are currently mourning at least 30,000 people killed by an earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter...
  • 'A Meteorite Smashed Through My Roof' (New Orleans)

    10/06/2003 9:01:33 AM PDT · by blam · 20 replies · 298+ views
    BBC ^ | 10-6-2003
    'A meteorite smashed through my roof' The chances of being hit by a chunk of space rock are measured in the billions-to-one. Roy Fausset, 59, had the closest of escapes last month when what scientists now say was a meteorite crashed through his New Orleans home. I walked through my front door and it was like a mortar bomb had fallen on my house. Most space rocks burn up in the sky There was dust all over the floor of the entrance way and the two doors leading to a utility room and the powder room had been blown open....
  • Meteorite wrecks houses in India

    09/28/2003 12:18:54 PM PDT · by scotslad · 88 replies · 410+ views
    At least 20 people are reported to have been injured after a meteorite crashed to Earth in eastern India. Reports say hundreds of people in the state of Orissa panicked when the fireball streamed across the sky. Burning fragments were said to have fallen over a wide area, destroying several houses. An official in Orissa said the authorities were assessing the damage and trying to recover what was left of the meteor. Reports from Orissa said windows rattled as the meteor passed overhead. "It was all there for just a few seconds but it was like daylight everywhere," one resident...
  • The Missed Story of the millennium: The Red Planet Lives

    08/28/2003 4:05:25 PM PDT · by Ace Correspondent · 23 replies · 772+ views
    Pravda Ru ^ | 08/27/2003 | Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey
    The Missed Story of the Millennium: The Red Planet Lives 08/27/2003 14:51 Life on Mars v Is the Truth being hidden?Since classical times, mankind has, in one form or another, postulated about whether life exists on Mars. Now that the Red Planet reaches its closest point to Earth in almost 60,000 years, it is the right time to tell a story as yet untold: that of the Frass Meteorite.The Frass Meteorite has all the ingredients of a Conspiracy Theory story, including the mysterious and unexplainable death of the son of the man who discovered it, but at the same...

    06/17/2003 7:48:04 AM PDT · by Mike Darancette · 10 replies · 334+ views
    Nature Science Update ^ | 13 June 2003 | JOHN WHITFIELD
    Rock from space might have hit life hard 380 million years ago. 13 June 2003 JOHN WHITFIELD About 380 million years ago, a rock from space smashed into the Earth, say geologists. They believe that the impact wiped out a large fraction of life. The idea could strengthen the controversial connection between mass extinctions and impacts. Up to now, the only candidate for a link is the meteor 65 million years ago that some believe helped exterminate the dinosaurs. Signs of an earlier catastrophe coincide with a disappearance of many animals, says Brooks Ellwood of Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge:...

    06/09/2003 5:25:21 PM PDT · by Mike Darancette · 75 replies · 1,488+ views
    The Times ^ | 7 June 2003 | Robin Shepherd
    IF IT had hit Central London, Britain would no longer have a capital city. The force of the meteorite that hit eastern Siberia last September destroyed 40 square miles of forest and caused earth tremors felt 60 miles away. An expedition from Russia's Kosmopoisk institute has only recently reached the site in a remote area north of Lake Baikal because of bad weather and difficult terrain, the Interfax news agency said yesterday. Fragments of the meteorite had apparently exploded into shrapnel 18 miles above the Earth with the force of at least 200 tonnes of TNT. At the time, Russian...
  • ESA (European Space Agency) Studies Missions to Safeguard the Earth

    03/27/2003 9:19:39 AM PST · by cogitator · 3 replies · 249+ views
    SpaceRef ^ | 03/27/2003 | European Space Agency
    ESA Studies Missions to Safeguard the Earth PRESS RELEASE Thursday, March 27, 2003 Early on the morning of 30 June 1908, the vast forest of western Siberia was illuminated by a strange apparition: an alien object streaking across the cloudless sky. White hot from its headlong plunge into the Earth's atmosphere, the intruder exploded about 8 km above the ground, flattening trees over an area of 2000 square kilometres. Despite the huge detonation, equivalent to a 10 megaton nuclear warhead (about 500 times the energy of the Hiroshima atomic bomb), there were few if any casualties in the sparsely...
  • Meteorite hits outside Chicago

    03/27/2003 3:49:45 AM PST · by JustPiper · 136 replies · 674+ views
    A meteroite has hit outside of Chicago, chitting an apartment complex and causing an explosion and fire...looking on the web fo followup
  • Giant Meteorite Lit Up the Midwest Tonight(11:51PM Central, Wed March 26, 2003)

    03/26/2003 11:10:49 PM PST · by Tom Pain · 31 replies · 271+ views
    vanity | 27 March 2003 | self
    At 11:51PM(Central Time) on Wed night March 26, 2003, an apparent meteorite flash was seen throughout the Midwest. Per WGN Radio AM 720, Chicago, people have seen it in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Alabama. I was eastbound on US 24, just east of Eureka, Illinois. A bright white light appeared in the NE sky, at about 60 degrees high in the sky. While falling, shades of orange and yellow were seen with the white flash. It lasted for about 3 seconds before darkening. It did NOT appear to hit the ground from my vantage point. It feel...
  • Meteorite 'May Have Hit Shuttle'

    02/05/2003 3:18:21 PM PST · by blam · 61 replies · 636+ views
    Ananova ^ | 2-5-2003
    Meteorite 'may have hit shuttle' Nasa says a small meteorite or piece of man-made space junk may have struck the Columbia shuttle causing it to crash. Even a tiny scrap of debris grazing the shuttle could have damaged thermal tiles just enough to start a chain reaction. The comments by Milt Heflin, the space agency's flight director, cast doubt on the lead theory that a piece of foam insulation damaged the craft during blast off. "Did we take some hit? That's a possibility. Something was breached," he has told the Los Angeles Times. William Ailor, president of Aerospace Corporation, said...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 1-12-03

    01/11/2003 10:53:25 PM PST · by petuniasevan · 6 replies · 313+ views
    NASA ^ | 1-12-03 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2003 January 12 A Spherule from Outer Space Credit: Timothy Culler (UCB) et al., Apollo 11 Crew, NASA Explanation: When a meteorite strikes the Moon, the energy of the impact melts some of the splattering rock, a fraction of which might cool into tiny glass beads. Many of these glass beads were present in lunar soil samples returned to Earth by the Apollo missions. Pictured above is one...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 12-31-02

    12/30/2002 11:04:23 PM PST · by petuniasevan · 6 replies · 363+ views
    NASA ^ | 12-31-02 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2002 December 31 A Year of Assessing Astronomical Hazards Drawing Credit: Dan Durda (SWRI) Explanation: Could an asteroid destroy civilization on Earth? Mountain-sized space rocks could potentially impact the Earth causing global effects, and perhaps even be mistaken for a nuclear blast of terrestrial origin. Such large impacts are rare but have happened before. Modern telescopes have therefore begun to scan the skies for signs of approaching celestial...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 12-26-02

    12/25/2002 10:07:14 PM PST · by petuniasevan · 3 replies · 216+ views
    NASA ^ | 12-26-02 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2002 December 26 Searching for Meteorites in Antarctica Credit & Copyright: Ralph P. Harvey (CWRU), Antarctic Search for Meteorites Program, NASA, NSF Explanation: Where is the best place on Earth to find meteorites? Although meteors fall all over the world, they usually just sink to the bottom of an ocean, are buried by shifting terrain, or are easily confused with terrestrial rocks. At the bottom of the Earth,...
  • Earth's Volcanism Linked To Meteorite Impacts

    12/13/2002 8:36:39 AM PST · by blam · 34 replies · 1,459+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 12-13-2002 | Kate Ravilious
    Earth's volcanism linked to meteorite impacts 14:31 13 December 02 Exclusive from New Scientist Print EditionSpace rocks are blamed for violent eruptions (Image: GETTY) Large meteorite impacts may not just throw up huge dust clouds but also punch right through the Earth's crust, triggering gigantic volcanic eruptions. The idea is controversial, but evidence is mounting that the Earth's geology has largely been driven by such events. This would also explain why our planet has so few impact crater remnants. Counting the number of asteroids we see in the sky suggests that over the past 250 million years, Earth should have...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 11-18-02

    11/18/2002 3:44:58 AM PST · by petuniasevan · 3 replies · 2,189+ views
    NASA ^ | 11-18-02 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2002 November 18 The Car, the Hole, and the Peekskill Meteorite Credit & Copyright: Pierre Thomas (LST), ENS Lyon Explanation: The Peekskill meteor of 1992 was captured on 16 independent videos and then struck a car. Documented as brighter than the full Moon, the spectacular fireball crossed parts of several US states during its 40 seconds of glory before landing in Peekskill, New York. The resulting meteorite, pictured here,...
  • Spectacular Meteorite Storm Set For Next Week

    11/12/2002 9:43:15 AM PST · by blam · 28 replies · 287+ views
    Ananova ^ | 11-12-2002
    Spectacular meteorite storm set for next week A spectacular display of shooting stars not likely to be repeated for 30 years takes place next week. The Leonid meteors generate a shower of activity every November, but this year they are predicted to whip up a storm. It will happen at around 4am on Tuesday November 19. Sky-watchers may see several brilliant shooting stars every minute on a clear night, despite a nearly full moon. The Leonids are not expected to return in such numbers until at least 2034. On the other hand, meteors, like the weather, are notoriously unpredictable, and...
  • Another large meteorite streaks across Colorado Sky

    10/07/2002 6:28:10 PM PDT · by Colorado Doug · 81 replies · 393+ views
    Self | 10-07-02 7:25 PM | Self
    Anybody else see that sucker? It was a big un! It was around Canon City. I read about another in SW Colorado last night. Is there a shower that I don't know about?
  • 'Meteorite' Hits Girl

    08/27/2002 11:50:09 AM PDT · by blam · 96 replies · 826+ views
    BBC ^ | 8-27-2002
    Tuesday, 27 August, 2002, 12:27 GMT 13:27 UK 'Meteorite' hits girl Siobhan Cowton: "I saw it fall from above roof height" The odds against being hit by a meteorite are billions to one - but a teenager in North Yorkshire may have had one land on her foot. Siobhan Cowton, 14, was getting into the family car outside her Northallerton home at 1030 BST on Thursday when a stone fell on her from the sky. This does not happen very often in Northallerton Siobhan Cowton Noticing it was "quite hot", she showed it to her father Niel. The family now...
  • Scientists Find Evidence Of Meteorite That Struck Earth 3.5 Billion Years Ago

    08/22/2002 4:25:40 PM PDT · by blam · 11 replies · 604+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 8-23-2002 | Steve Connor
    Scientists find evidence of meteorite that struck Earth 3.5 billion years ago By Steve Connor Science Editor 23 August 2002 The oldest known meteorite crashed into the Earth some 3.47 billion years ago, leaving its mark in some of the world's most ancient rock formations, scientists have discovered. Although there is now no trace of the massive extraterrestrial object or its crater, geologists have identified its telltale fallout in rocks in South Africa and Australia. The researchers estimate the meteorite was 12 miles (19 kms) wide – roughly twice the size of the one that probably killed off the dinosaurs...
  • Search for ancient Martian life continues (25% of Magnetite in Meteorite produced by bacteria)

    08/03/2002 7:48:03 PM PDT · by John H K · 48 replies · 498+ views
    NASA News Release ^ | August 4, 2002
    In the latest study of a 4.5 billion-year-old Martian meteorite, researchers have presented new evidence confirming that 25 percent of the magnetic material in the meteorite was produced by ancient bacteria on Mars. These latest results were published in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology. The researchers used six physical properties they refer to as the Magnetite Assay for Biogenicity (MAB) to compare all the magnetic material found in the ancient meteorite -- using the MAB as a biosignature. A biosignature is a physical and/or chemical marker of life that does not occur through random processes or human intervention. "No...
  • Asteroid Gives Earth Closest Shave In Years! (Rock Misses Earth By A Whisker!)

    06/20/2002 6:33:11 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 78 replies · 545+ views
    Space Daily, via Drudge ^ | June 20, 2002 | Richard Ingham
    Asteroid Gives Earth Closest Shave In Years by Richard Ingham Paris - June 20 (AFP) - A football-pitch-sized asteroid capable of razing a major city came within a whisker of hitting the Earth on June 14, but was only spotted three days later, scientists said Thursday. Asteroid 2002 MN, estimated at up to 120 metres (yards) long, hurtled by the Earth at a distance of 120,000 kilometers (75,000 miles), well within the orbit of the Moon and just a hair's breadth in galactic terms. It is the closest recorded near-miss by any asteroid, with the exception of a 10-metre (33-feet)...
  • Meteorite Discovery Solves German UFO Sightings

    04/09/2002 6:11:49 AM PDT · by blam · 7 replies · 229+ views
    Ananova ^ | 4-9-2002
    Meteorite discovery solves German UFO sightings A mystery over widespread reports of lights in the sky over southern Germany has been solved by the discovery of a meteorite. A Bavarian farmer's wife found a 3ft wide crater in her vegetable patch with the meteorite lodged at the bottom. Munich Institute for Geology experts estimate the meteorite weighed over 100 kilos before hitting the atmosphere at speeds of almost 125,000mph. The rock is bigger than a tennis ball but can still be held in one hand. It is now at the institute of geology, where officials said it is worth a...