Pieces are already emerging on Russian websites...for sale for as much as £6,500.
Quote:On Sunday, an expedition from the Russian Academy of Sciences found certain particles that bore resemblance to rocks found in a giant hole in the ice-frozen Chebarkul Lake in the region. The agency ran tests and confirmed the particles were from outer space, AFP reported quoting news agency RIA Novosti.
"We confirm that the particles of a substance found by our expedition near Lake Chebarkul really do have the composition of a meteorite," the news agency quoted Russian Academy of Sciences member Viktor Grokhovsky as saying late Sunday.
Grokhovsky said the particles were composed of metallic iron as well as chrysolite and sulfite. While another report in the Inquisitr quoting the same official said the rock is made up of “ordinary chondrite.”
Quote:Why are so many people in Russia busy gathering up meteorite fragments?
It's a historic event. This will be talked about forever. Everyone wants to have a little piece of it. And scientifically, we want to study it. We want to know what's out there, and we want to know how big it is, and we want to know what damage it can cause. The preliminary data from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory says about 7,000 tons landed.