Suspected Meteorite Fragrament Recovered From Botton of Chebarkul Lake in Russia's Urals

Posted on October 18, 2013

CNN reports that scientists pulled a huge rock out of Chebarkul Lake in Russia's Urals. The lake was frozen over eight months ago when a meteor exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia. NASA has described the meteor as the being the largest reported since the Tunguska meteoroid in 1908.

Now that the lake is no longer frozen, scientists were able to dive in the lake and search for fragments from the meteor. The operation was carried live on Russian TV. They removed an enormous rock from the lake and put it on a scale. The suspected meteorite fragment broke the scale being used and split into three pieces. This was not a great recovery operation if they managed to break the meteorite. The Itar-Tass news agency later reported that the suspected meteorite fragment weighed at least 570 kilograms (1,257 pounds). It has not yet been confirmed that the large rock originated in outer space. Take a look: