That Time NASA Asked Schoolchildren To Hunt For Moon Rocks In Iowa

In 1964, NASA tried to obtain lunar rocks without actually going to the Moon. The initiative, called Project Moon Harvest, enlisted the aid of farmers and schoolkids to dig around western Iowa in search of possible lunar meteorites. » 11/26/14 9:20am 11/26/14 9:20am

Weird Microscopic Structure Found In Martian Meteorite

Scientists have found a strange structure resembling a microbial cell inside a Martian meteorite, but they're not claiming that it's evidence of Red Planet life. » 8/26/14 9:15am 8/26/14 9:15am

These Meteorites Were Caught on Film as They Blazed to Earth

There's something undeniably awesome about a blazing rock entering our atmosphere from space. Especially when you can watch it over and over again, because some lucky (or unlucky) person caught it on video. » 5/27/14 3:56pm 5/27/14 3:56pm

Chelyabinsk Meteorite Was Struck By An Asteroid Before Hitting Earth

Scientists studying the fragments of the Chelyabinsk meteorite have concluded that the object was separated from its parent body after being struck by an asteroid — an impact that ultimately caused it to head towards Earth. Scarily, its sister objects could still be out there. » 5/22/14 1:40pm 5/22/14 1:40pm

Is That A Meteorite Streaking Past This Skydiver?

Now this is a close shave. Back in 2012, a Norwegian skydiver came within inches of utter annihilation when an apparent meteorite whizzed past him. Amazingly, he caught the whole thing on camera. » 4/03/14 1:30pm 4/03/14 1:30pm

Russians Pull Chelyabinsk Meteorite From Lake, Promptly Break It

Divers working in Lake Chebarkul in central Russia have pulled up a 1,255 lb. (570 kg) chunk of rock they suspect is the meteorite that wreaked havoc above Chelyabinsk earlier this year. But as they were putting it on the scale, it collapsed into three different pieces. » 10/16/13 6:30am 10/16/13 6:30am

This Ancient Egyptian Jewelry Came from Space

Archaeologists working at the UCL Petrie Museum have shown that ancient Egyptians made jewelry from chunks of meteorite. Even more remarkable is the realization that they made these items over 5,000 years ago — nearly two millennia before the emergence of iron smelting. » 8/20/13 8:00am 8/20/13 8:00am

Chelyabinsk Meteor May Be Part of Larger Pack Threatening Earth

Astronomers studying the dramatic Chelyabinsk meteor that exploded over Russia this past February now suspect that it was a fragment of a larger celestial body — and that upwards of 20 related asteroids may be on similar trajectories towards Earth. » 8/06/13 8:00am 8/06/13 8:00am

How meteorites powered Earth's primordial soup

Scientists aren't exactly sure how life arose on primordial Earth, leading some to suggest that meteorites may have been responsible for delivering the key components required to spark and sustain life, like crucial minerals or dormant microbial life. Now, chemists from the U.K. are saying that meteorites may very… » 4/09/13 6:20am 4/09/13 6:20am

That meteorite which blew-up over California last April is one of the…

This past April, a 100,000 pound (45,360 kg) meteorite exploded above the skies of Sutter's Mill, California. Streaking in at a speed of 64,000 miles per hour (103,000 km/hr or 28.6 km/s) — about twice the speed of typical meteorite falls — it hit with the energy of a quarter of a Hiroshima bomb, making it the… » 12/21/12 8:40am 12/21/12 8:40am

The mystery of the black Martian glass — solved at last?

Last year, a Martian meteorite slammed into the Moroccan desert. Now, an analysis of the meteorite has been published in Science Express, and these black pieces of stone and glass give us an incredible look at the ancient history of the planet. » 10/12/12 4:47pm 10/12/12 4:47pm

Newly Found Asteroid Buzzes Earth

A newly found space rock will give Earth a close shave on May 29, passing by at a distance of just 14,440 kilometers (8,950 miles). That distance puts the small asteroid, named 2012 KT42, in the top ten list of closest asteroid approaches. In fact, this is the sixth closest approach to date. The close pass will occur… » 5/29/12 11:30am 5/29/12 11:30am

Time-lapse video shows a trailer-sized asteroid coming between Earth…

NASA released this amazing video that shows just how close the 43-foot asteroid 2012 JU came to Earth the other day — within 118,000 miles, or about half the distance to our own Moon. It's amazing to think that an object can come from near Mars in February and come so close to us, just a few months later. Video:… » 5/15/12 1:33pm 5/15/12 1:33pm

Hate earthy wines? Try one made from meteorites

Imagine sitting with your oldest and dearest friend some time in the not-so-distant future, when you decide to pop open a bottle of perfectly aged cabernet sauvignon. After giving the wine some time to breathe, your friend pours a glass, swirls, sniffs, sips, and says, with a sigh, "My god, it's full of stars." And… » 1/21/12 11:20am 1/21/12 11:20am

Behold: the best place on Earth to search for meteorites

At first glance, the image up top resembles a vast, gleaming oceanscape with a snow-capped island looming in the distance. But if you look closely (click here for a much better view), you'll see that the rippling surface in the foreground is not liquid water, but ice; and that the three dark figures are actually… » 12/14/11 12:20pm 12/14/11 12:20pm

10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Asteroids, Comets & Other Near…

Many of you have probably heard about asteroid 2005 YU55, the massive rocky body that tomorrow night will collide with Earth in a ball of flames pass the planet safely, albeit closer than any asteroid in the last 35 years. » 11/07/11 10:24am 11/07/11 10:24am

100 years ago today, a meteorite (possibly) vaporized a dog in Egypt

Here's a bizarre milestone. On June 28, 1911, a meteorite fell over the outskirts of Alexandria, Egypt. The meteorite broke into several smaller rocks, one of which may have reduced a dog to a burnt smear. » 6/28/11 11:35am 6/28/11 11:35am

Six meteorites hit Bosnian man's house, homeowner blames vengeful aliens

Since November 2007, six meteorites have hit Radivoje Lajic's home in Gornji Lajici, Bosnia. The meteorites always careen into his home whenever it is raining. Lajici's explanation? Angry aliens are bombarding him for some unknown slight. » 7/20/10 11:00am 7/20/10 11:00am

The ancient meteorite cult of Estonia

Somewhere between 7,500-4,000 years ago, a meteorite fragmented over Estonia's Saaremaa island. The meteorite hit with a force comparable to Hiroshima and left nine impact craters, including the 110-meter Kaali crater. Locals worshiped this hole as holy. » 6/06/10 12:37pm 6/06/10 12:37pm