29 September 2013, 16:05

Chelyabinsk meteorite piece to be sold for 2 million rubles

Chelyabinsk meteorite piece to be sold for 2 million rubles

A Chelyabinsk resident has decided to sell a 3.4 kg piece of meteorite, considered to be the largest piece of rock found so far.

According to a message posted on the Internet by Chelyabinsk resident Alexei Usenkov, the piece of space-rock he possesses is officially recognized as the largest. Interestingly, the man determined the price of 2,112,000 without an expert’s estimate, deducing it from the lowest and highest possible price.

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“I think this piece might be a symbol of some new Chelyabinsk shopping mall,” he says.

Usenkov also added he wasn’t going to reduce the price and hoped to sell the fragment before the 1st anniversary of the meteorite fall on February 15.

“At first I wasn’t going to sell it but then I found out that my piece would no longer be the largest sooner or later. The matter is that if it were the largest it would have been displayed at a museum,” Usenkov adds.

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Earlier, there were reports that Chelyabinsk State University experts had confirmed the 3.4-kilogram piece's authenticity. The owner was issued a certificate confirming this fact but the piece lost 400 grams of its weight as scientists cut a piece off for further examination.

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At the moment, specialists are conducting works to find and raise a piece of the meteorite which is expected to lie at the bottom of Lake Chebarkul and weigh several hundred kilograms. The operation is scheduled for October 4.

On September 27, a Chelyabinsk administration spokeswoman, Lubov Rudometova, confirmed that Ural divers retrieved the largest 4.8 kg piece of the meteorite from the bottom of Lake Chebarkul.

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“One piece is the size of a fist, two are a bit smaller and another is quite big and weighs around 5 kg. It’s the largest one so far,” Rudometova said.

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The meteorite fell near Chelyabinsk on February 15 last year. It entered the atmosphere at a speed of 64,000 km/h. The celestial body exploded at an altitude of 19-24 km. A shock wave from the explosion shattered glass in many buildings causing numerous injuries such as cuts and bruises. More than 1,500 people were in need of medical assistance, including some 300 children. Damage from the meteorite stood at 1 billion rubles.

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