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03 February 2007

2007 Meteor/Meteorite News-UPI/AP newswires

2007 Meteor/Meteorite News
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Asteroid nears Mars at 8 miles per second
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- An asteroid on a likely collision course with Mars could give scientists a look at what lies beneath the surface of the red planet.

Mars capable of forming organic compounds
WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. space scientists have determined Mars, as well as similar planets, are capable of forming organic compounds -- the building blocks of life.

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Meteorite fails to draw high bids
NEW YORK, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- A piece of famous space rock -- a meteorite -- was pulled from a New York auction after it failed to generate high enough bids.


2 big meteorites don't sell at NY auction, but battered mailbox nets nearly $83K
Author: RICHARD PYLE Associated Press Writer
Date: October 29, 2007 Publication: Associated Press Archive
Two of the world's most famous meteorites failed to attract buyers at an auction Sunday, while an ordinary metal mailbox zapped by a falling space rock in 1984 was sold for the unearthly price of nearly $83,000.
A 30-pound chunk of the Willamette Meteorite, which was found in Oregon in 1902 and has been steeped in ownership controversies for more than a century, was offered by Bonhams auction house at an estimated value of $1.3 million but was withdrawn from sale after...
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Pair became successful meteorite hunters
SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Two men who met at a gem show years ago have parlayed their shared interests to become a successful team of U.S. meteorite hunters.


NASA launches spacecraft on double-encounter mission in asteroid belt
Author: MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer
Date: September 27, 2007 Publication: Associated Press Archive
NASA took aim at the heart of the asteroid belt Thursday, launching a spacecraft on a nearly decade-long journey that will include two never-before-attempted close encounters.
The scientific probe Dawn is on a 3 billion-mile course that will have it meeting up with an asteroid named Vesta in 2011 and a dwarf planet called Ceres in 2015. They are the biggest members of the crowded asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, and scientists hope that by studying them up close, some of the...
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Comet impact might have caused extinctions
BERKELEY, Calif., Sept. 25 (UPI) -- A U.S.-led team of scientists suggests a comet or meteorite exploding near Earth about 12,900 years ago was responsible for prehistoric extinctions.


Correction: Peru Meteorite story
Date: September 21, 2007 Publication: Associated Press Archive
In a Sept. 19 story about a crater in Peru, The Associated Press misidentified an expert who said it was caused by a meteorite. His name is Jose Ishitsuka, not Isisuka. He is an astrophysicist with the Geophysical Institute of Peru, not a geologist with Peru's Geological, Mining and Metallurgical Institute. ...
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Experts now say a rare meteorite likely caused Peru crater
Author: EDISON LOPEZ Associated Press Writer
Date: September 20, 2007 Publication: Associated Press Archive
Peruvian astronomers said Thursday that evidence shows a meteorite crashed near Lake Titicaca over the weekend, leaving an elliptical crater and magnetic rock fragments in an impact powerful enough to register on seismic charts.
As other astronomers learned more details, they too said it appears likely that a legitimate meteorite hit Earth on Saturday -- an rare occurence. The Earth is constantly bombarded with objects from outer space, but most burn up in the atmosphere and never reach...
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Possible Peruvian meteor strike reported
LIMA, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Officials Thursday were investigating claims as many as 200 people became ill after a possible meteorite strike in a remote region of Peru.


Officials confirm meteorite struck Peru but question whether it sickened people
Author: MONTE HAYES Associated Press Writer
Date: September 19, 2007 Publication: Associated Press Archive
A fiery meteorite crashed into southern Peru over the weekend, experts confirmed on Wednesday. But they were still puzzling over claims that it gave off fumes that sickened 200 people.
Local residents told reporters that a fiery ball fell from the sky and smashed into the desolate Andean plain near the Bolivian border Saturday morning. Jose Mechare, a scientist with Peru's Geological, Mining and Metallurgical Institute, said a geologist had confirmed that it was a...
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Peru investigates reports that meteorite causing illnesses
Date: September 19, 2007 Publication: Associated Press Archive
Officials are investigating unconfirmed reports that a meteorite crashed in southern Peru over the weekend and caused dozens of people to become sick.
Local media have reported eyewitness accounts of a fiery ball falling from the sky and smashing into the desolate Andean plain near the Bolivian border Saturday morning. Officials have said it was a meteorite. Jorge Lopez, director of the health department in the southern state of Puno, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that 200 people...
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Correction: Meteorite story
Date: September 18, 2007 Publication: Associated Press Archive
In a story Sept. 14 about the historic Willamette Meteorite, The Associated Press misspelled the first name of a member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. Her name is Siobhan Taylor, not Siobahn. ...
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American Indian group says planned sale of meteorite piece is 'insensitive'
Author: LARRY McSHANE Associated Press Writer
Date: September 14, 2007 Publication: Associated Press Archive
The Willamette Meteorite is a sacred icon to the Oregon-based Clackamas Indians. The tribe has its own name for the massive space rock, Tomanowas, and holds an annual religious ceremony with the meteorite in its home at the American Museum of Natural History.
Now a chunk of the 10,000-year-old meteorite is up for auction, and the tribe is denouncing its sale. But the owner of the fragment, noting the vast majority of the 15.5-ton meteorite remains untouched, said his sympathy for the...
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Debris from meteorite impact 1.85 billion years ago in Canada found in Minnesota
Date: July 15, 2007 Publication: Associated Press Archive
A forest fire has led to a chance discovery of debris from the impact of a meteorite 1.85 billion years ago, more than 450 miles away at Sudbury, Ontario.
Geologists had scheduled a field trip in May along the Gunflint Trail in northeastern Minnesota, but most areas they wanted to explore were closed because of a wildfire that charred more than 118 square miles. Geologist Mark Jirsa of the Minnesota Geological Survey went up the trail to scout new locations and, in a spot he had never...
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Object that fell from sky was a piece of space junk
Author: JANET FRANKSTON LORIN Associated Press Writer
Date: May 11, 2007 Publication: Associated Press Archive
A mysterious metallic object that crashed through the roof of a New Jersey home earlier this year was not a meteorite after all, but probably a piece of space junk, scientists said Friday.
The silvery object was made of a stainless-steel alloy that does not occur in nature and is most likely "orbital debris" -- part of a satellite, rocket or some other spacecraft, said Rutgers University geologist Jeremy Delaney. "There's huge amounts of...
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Meteorite recovered after Kansas tornado
GREENSBURG, Kan., May 8 (UPI) --

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Chemist: Mystery rock from a meteorite
SEATTLE, April 27 (UPI) -- A University of Washington engineer said a mystery rock -- said to be from an unidentified flying object -- is probably a meteorite fragment.


Mammoth, meteorite or bezoar? Christie's is offering all 3 in unusual auction
Author: MARIE-LAURE COMBES Associated Press Writer
Date: April 16, 2007 Publication: Associated Press Archive
For sale: a 15,000-year-old Siberian mammoth skeleton.
On Monday, Christie's auction house in Paris, which usually sells fine art and furniture, is hosting an unusual auction of paleontological curiosities, including several prehistoric mammals. Skeletons of a 10,000-year-old, 13.5-foot-long rhinoceros and a 7.5-foot-high cave bear are also going under the hammer. The skeletons are currently owned by a private collector, but buyers may include museums or artists, said...
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Flaming objects miss jet in air over New Zealand; experts say they were likely meteors
Author: EDUARDO GALLARDO Associated Press Writer Date: March 28, 2007 Publication: Associated Press Archive
Pilots of a Chilean commercial jetliner spotted flaming objects falling past their plane as it headed for a landing in New Zealand, airline officials said Wednesday.
U.S. experts suggested the objects were likely meteors burning up in the earth's atmosphere and questioned Australian media reports they were probably pieces of a falling Russian spacecraft. LAN Chile airline said in a brief statement that the pilot, who was not identified, "made visual contact with...
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Tyrannosaurus skull, 10-foot mammoth tusk auctioned in New York
Author: MARCUS FRANKLIN Associated Press Writer
Date: March 26, 2007 Publication: Associated Press Archive
The skull of a large carnivorous dinosaur and the tusk of a shaggy-coated mammoth from the Ice Age sold for a combined $372,000 at a natural history auction Sunday, auction officials said.
The auction, which also featured a meteorite and other items, brought in a total of $1.55 million. "This is the highest-grossing collection of natural history sold at auction since such sales figures began in 1995," said I.M. Chait Auctioneers' director of natural...
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ESA student winners identified
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Research team seeks organist
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Suspected meteorite crashes through bedroom window of home in Bloomington, Ill., experts say
Date: March 7, 2007 Publication: Associated Press Archive
When Dee Riddle heard the breaking glass, she thought her bathroom mirror must have shattered.
What she found was quite different: A grayish metallic object about the size of a deck of cards had crashed through a bedroom window and into a computer table. Intrigued scientists from nearby Illinois State University said it was likely a meteorite.
"In my 36 years of investigating meteorite calls, this looks like the real thing," said Robert Nelson, a geology...
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Space station moves to avoid debris
MOSCOW, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- U.S. and Russian officials changed the International Space Station's orbit to keep it clear of debris from a satellite destroyed by China, a report says.

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Meteorite goes on exhibit for a day
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., Jan. 28 (UPI) -- A meteorite said to be "as old as the solar system itself" went on display for the first time since crashing into the roof of a New Jersey home Jan. 2.

It came from outer space; N.J. finds a meteorite in the bathroom
Author: CHRIS NEWMARKER Associated Press Writer
Date: January 10, 2007 Publication: Associated Press Archive
A hole in the roof, a bathroom full of debris and a strange, silvery rock near the toilet -- the Nageswaran family soon realized they needed an astronomer, not a contractor, to fully explain what damaged their house.
Scientists determined it was a meteorite that crashed through the roof of their central New Jersey home more than a week ago. While extraterrestrial rocks fall to the Earth with some regularity, it is rare for them to strike homes.
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Object from sky ID'd as meteorite
FREEHOLD, N.J., Jan. 6 (UPI) -- The mysterious object that came through the roof of a house in New Jersey, gutting a second-floor bathroom, was a meteorite, experts said Friday.

Scientists say object that fell into home in NJ is a meteorite; landed in homeowner's bathroom
Date: January 5, 2007 Publication: Associated Press Archive
A mysterious rocklike object that crashed through the roof of a home and landed in the bathroom was a meteorite, experts said Friday.
For now, scientists are calling the dense metallic object "Freehold Township" after the place where it fell. It's about the size of a golf ball but weighs about 13 ounces, as much of a can of soup. Magnets held near it are attracted to it. Rutgers University geologists Jeremy Delaney, Gail Ashley and Claire Condie and...
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Mysterious metallic object crashes through roof of house in New Jersey, puzzles police
Author: CHRIS NEWMARKER Associated Press Writer
Date: January 4, 2007 Publication: Associated Press Archive
Authorities were trying to identify a mysterious metallic object that crashed through the roof of a house in eastern New Jersey.
Nobody was injured when the golf-ball sized object, weighing nearly as much as a can of soup, struck the home and embedded itself in a wall Tuesday night. Federal officials sent to the scene said it was not from an aircraft. The rough-surfaced object, with a metallic glint, was displayed Wednesday by police.
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Unusual rock may be a meteorite
FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, N.J., Jan. 4 (UPI) --