Sample of the Morokweng Asteroid, 2006.
2 9 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm

Sample of the Morokweng Asteroid, 2006.

Hills, Jennie

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

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Sample of a large fragment of an asteroid that punched a 160km-wide hole in the Earth's surface in the Kalahari Desert, South Africa. In the past scientists believed that any meteorite like this one (more than 4 km accross) would have melted or vaporized upon impact leaving no remains. However in 2006 geologists drilled a 25cm fragment fossil meteorite out of South Africa's 145-million-year-old Morokweng crater.
 

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