A Big and Fragile Space Rock Lifted from a Russian Lake
According to a latest report, the Russian officials discovered the largest fragment of a meteor so far. This meteor exploded in the month of February in Chelyabinsk, as per sources.
The fragment of the meteor was lifted with the help of a mechanical crane or winch after the information of the divers.
During the lifting of the piece of rock from the bottom of a lake, it broke into three pieces. The weight of the rock when unbroken was more than 1,250 pounds.
Although the presence of the meteor was quite evident due to a hole in the ice of Lake Chebarkul, southwest of Chelyabinsk, but it took about seven months time for the researchers to pinpoint the exact location of the rock, which was involved a detailed sonar analysis.
The meteor was found about 40 feet in the depth of the lake and was covered by 8 feet of silt or deposits.
After that the scientists did planning to lift it which took another month. The process of lifting was culminated in front of a huge crowd that gathered on the shore and the event was broadcasted live on television as well.
The regional governor, Mikhail Yurevich, hit a button to kick start the crane that pulled the meteor to land.
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