[meteorite-list] The Most Precious Meteorite in the World part 2!
From: Matt Morgan <mmorgan_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu Apr 22 09:47:04 2004
CONGRATS MARTIN!!! Couldn't happen to a better guy.
Mile High Meteorites
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[mailto:meteorite-list-admin_at_meteoritecentral.com] On Behalf Of Martin
Sent: Thursday, November 01, 2001 6:45 PM
Subject: [meteorite-list] The Most Precious Meteorite in the World part
In what is being heralded as the most amazing meteoric event ever, a
second meteorite fall has been witnessed in the exactly the same
locality almost three years to the day after a similar event surprised
the world in November of 1998!
While the laborious search was not intense as the previous fall, it was
equally successful with the discovery of a single perfect specimen, the
second from this locality.
On Thursday morning November 1st at 0253 hours Mountain Standard Time, a
new specimen arrived on earth. The single specimen weighed 3.29kg and
was 50cm in length. The density was very low, estimated at approximately
1.0g/cm^3. These figures are very close to those of the first fall, with
only two obvious differences noted. While the overall dimensions of the
most recent fall are the same as the first, the total known weight of
the second fall is slightly more. Also, preliminary field inspection
places this second fall in a different classification compared to the
The specimen is completely covered with an unusually soft and pink
fusion crust, with many long dark brown strands of cylindrical proteins
attached securely to one end of the single mass. The other end of the
mass contained an intermittent array of discharging hydrocarbon
compounds, both in liquid and semi-liquid form. None of the discharges
have emitted any odor whatsoever.
Just as with the first fall, this specimen was warm to the touch and the
temperature measured 37 C at the time of its discovery. Remarkably, this
specimen like the first has a constant internal temperature varying less
than one degree C since it was first measured. Speculations of
radioactive decay were dismissed as the cause, and recent study points
to a biochemical process identical previously identified on earth, and
to those found in the first specimen.=20
Again, as with the first fall, a large number of squeaking and cooing
sounds were produced by the specimen shortly after a rather loud burst
of sounds occurred immediately following its discovery. Since the
quantity and range of sounds from this specimen has intensified since
its discovery, the usual cause of surface cooling contractions has been
The two local experts who studied this specimen and the previous
discovery have concluded that this individual represents the entire mass
of this fall so there is no chance for the discovery of additional
Prior to the fall, sonar investigations of the region of the solar
system suspected to be the original orbit of this specimen yielded no
evidence of multiple bodies, however as would be expected, there were
many who wished more specimens would be found, especially those
researchers who did their principle work several decades ago.
The official classification of this new specimen is as follows:
Official Name: Lukas Martin Tor Horejsi
Location: Pocatello, Bannock County, Idaho, USA.
Classification: Human, Male.
Fall: 2001, November 1, 0253 hours.
Total known Weight: 3.29 kg (7 lbs. 4 oz).
The single specimen of this fall will now join the same private
collection containing the complete individual from the first fall of
this locality that fell three years ago.
Both specimens will remain on display indefinitely in the finder=B9s
private collection. As with the first fall, research requests for
observational data can only be fulfilled by visiting the specimen in
person. All visits are welcomed.
Martin and family
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