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Russia pulls huge 'Chelyabinsk meteor chunk' from lake

Russian divers Wednesday pulled from a murky lake in the Urals a half-tonne suspected meteorite said to have been part of a meteor whose ground-shaking shockwave hurt 1,200 people in February. The dramatic recovery operation came eight months after a piercing streak of light lit up the morning sky in the central Russian region of Chelyabinsk in scenes some locals said made them think of the onset of a nuclear war. The meteor broke up into myriad pieces -- some no bigger than the size of a fingernail -- that scientists are still finding across the remote region to this day.

First-ever comet material discovered on Earth

A comet exploded over modern-day Egypt 28 million years ago, raining down fire and leaving behind a "mysterious" black pebble -- the first-ever comet material found on Earth, scientists said Tuesday as they announced the discovery. "Comets always visit our skies -- they're these dirty snowballs of ice mixed with dust -- but never before in history has material from a comet ever been found on Earth," said professor David Block at South Africa's University of the Witwatersrand.

Hundreds injured by meteorite in central Russia

Moscow, Feb 15 (EFE).- A large meteorite exploded Friday over an sparsely populated region of Russia's Ural Mountains, leaving nearly 1,000 injured and sparking panic. The rare event occurred just hours before an asteroid was due to pass Earth at a distance of just 27,000 kilometers (16,800 miles). "There were several dozen quite large fragments (of the meteorite), several of which fell to Earth," local news agencies quoted Emergency Situations Minister Vladimir Puchkov as saying.

Scientists claim discovery of Russian meteorites

Scientists announced the discovery Monday of dozens of tiny fragments of a massive meteor whose ground-shaking shockwave hurt 1,200 people and damaged buildings across five regions of Russia. The giant space rock streaked spectacularly over the central city of Chelyabinsk on Friday before exploding with the force of 30 of the nuclear bombs dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima during World War II.

Scientists claim discovery of Russian meteorites

Scientists announced the discovery Monday of dozens of tiny fragments of a massive meteor whose ground-shaking shockwave hurt 1,200 people and damaged buildings across five regions of Russia. The giant piece of space rock streaked spectacularly over the central city of Chelyabinsk on Friday before bursting with the force of 30 of the nuclear bombs dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima during World War II.

Reuters Science News Summary

Following is a summary of current science news briefs. "Meteorite rush" begins as Russian scientists find fragments MOSCOW (Reuters) - A meteor that exploded over Russia's Ural mountains and sent fireballs blazing to earth has set off a rush to find fragments of the space rock which hunters hope could fetch thousands of dollars a piece. Friday's blast and ensuing shockwave shattered windows, injured almost 1,200 people and caused about $33 million worth of damage, said local authorities.

"Meteorite rush" begins as Russian scientists find fragments

* Hundreds hurt by meteor explosion, shockwave * Scientists say 53 small meteorite fragments found * Hunters hope pieces worth 40 times the price of gold By Alissa de Carbonnel MOSCOW, Feb 18 (Reuters) - A meteor that exploded over Russia's Ural mountains and sent fireballs blazing to earth has set off a rush to find fragments of the space rock which hunters hope could fetch thousands of dollars a piece.

Scientists claim discovery of Russian meteorites

Russian scientists said Monday they had discovered over 50 fragments of the meteor that struck the Urals last week, creating a shockwave that injured 1,200 people and damaged thousands of homes. The giant piece of space rock streaked spectacularly over the central Russian city of Chelyabinsk on Friday before exploding with the force of 30 of the nuclear bombs dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima during World War II.

Scientists claim discovery of Russian meteor fragments

Scientists said Monday they had discovered fragments of the meteor that spectacularly plunged over Russia's Ural Mountains creating a shockwave that injured 1,200 people and damaged thousands of homes. The giant piece of space rock streaked over the city of Chelyabinsk in central Russia on Friday with the force of 30 of the nuclear bombs dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima during World War II. It exploded a few dozen miles (kilometres) above Earth but its pieces were widely believed to have scattered over large swathes of the industrial region.

Scientists claim discovery of Russian meteor fragments

Scientists said Monday they had discovered fragments of the meteor that spectacularly plunged over Russia's Ural Mountains creating a shockwave that injured 1,200 people and damaged thousands of homes. The giant piece of space rock streaked over the city of Chelyabinsk in central Russia on Friday with the force of 30 of the nuclear bombs dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima during World War II. It exploded a few dozen miles (kilometres) above Earth but its pieces were widely believed to have scattered over large swathes of the industrial region.
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