[meteorite-list] The Most Precious Meteorite in the World part 2!

From: Walter Branch <waltbranch_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu Apr 22 09:47:04 2004
Message-ID: <003101c16349$4db5b140$594ebfa8_at_cc516468a>


The BEST fall of all! Congratulations!

Kinda puts all other falls (and finds) into perspective, eh?

Almost three years to the day? Can't wait to see your report three years
hence :-)

Best wishes,

Walter Branch, Ph.D.
Branch Meteorites
322 Stephenson Ave., Suite B
Savannah, GA 31405 USA
----- Original Message -----
From: "Martin Horejsi" <martinh_at_isu.edu>
To: <meteorite-list_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Sent: Thursday, November 01, 2001 8:45 PM
Subject: [meteorite-list] The Most Precious Meteorite in the World part 2!

Hello All,

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 first.

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

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.

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 ruled out.

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 specimens.

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 finderšs 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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