[meteorite-list] is it a meteorite
From: Francis Graham <fgraham_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2014 02:35:42 -0400
Ruben Garcia poses a line of questions that can be carried further.
What is the legal definition of a meteorite? I know I cannot sell
oranges labeled as apples.
It is now possible to send an amateur rocket higher than 62 miles;
such happens now at the annual Black Rock NV launches sponsored by the
Tripoli Rocketry Association. This is the legal boundary of space.
If a person would send rocks up in such a rocket, and recovers them,
are they able to be sold as "Meteorites"?
Watch out. Tektites and lunar meteorites, according to prevailing
theories, have an ultimate origin on Earth. So you can't say the rocks
must be from some place other than Earth.
Not that I personally would try to sell space-boosted gravel as
meteorites. But where there is money in it, someone will, if it's
On Tue, Apr 8, 2014 at 1:25 AM, Ruben Garcia <rubengarcia85382 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Interesting question.
> It's probably not a meteorite if you define a meteorite as a solid
> piece of debris, from such sources as asteroids or comets, that
> originates in outer space and survives its impact with the Earth's
> However, maybe it's a "terrestrial" meteorite. I guess man made space
> junk may fall into the same category since some of that can have
> fusion crust and flow lines.
> On Mon, Apr 7, 2014 at 10:15 PM, Chris <volkerii at hotmail.com> wrote:
> > Suppose a fusion crusted stone is found shortly after a fireball. When
> > examined it shows a celestial age of a few million years and a relatively
> > short formation age. More examination shows it to be a stone formed on
> > earth, ejected into space and returned here. Is it meteorite or a
> > meteorwrong. Or something in between?
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