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Fall from space: 600 pound meteorite at local museum

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 20th, 2013

A dollar bill shows the relation of the meteorite’s size to its heavy weight of 600 pounds. (Photos by Emily Bruns)

ROCHELLE—Since mankind could crank their necks up at the sky, there has been an element of wonder as to what activity takes place past the clouds, whether it is spiritually or scientifically fueled. At the Flagg-Rochelle Township Museum, a clue to the answer lies on floor in the form of a 600-pound meteorite.

The rare specimen, which is surprisingly compact and heavy in relation to its diameter, is estimated to be worth more than $10,000 and is a source of pride within the museum.

“What’s fascinating is that instead of landing on hard earth, like the Russian meteorite that broke into tons of shards when it hit the ice, this one landed in a soft field and stayed intact. It’s really cool that it’s from our own backyard and is ours,” said local Debby Van Dyke.

For the complete article see the 02-19-2013 issue.

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