Retrieved by Pat Darnell | Feb 19, 2013 | Bryan TX
Rubles from heaven: Russians scoop up meteorite chunks for sale - latimes.com: ... "They're calling it the meteorite rush.
Prices asked for purported pieces of the alien visitor range from $20 to $30,000.
“For sale: a piece of meteorite. Cures cancer, AIDS and prostate. Improves academic performance at school, “ reads one ad, which was posted under the name Yevgeny and is perhaps overreaching a bit. He is asking $10,000 for his space rock, without specifying its size."'via Blog this'
Russia's massive meteorite: By the numbers ... the big space rock that crashed into the Ural Mountains last week was the largest in a century, and worth more than its weight in gold ...
55 -- Diameter of the meteorite, in feet, according to NASA
10,000 -- Weight of the meteorite, in tons
500 -- Amount of energy, in kilotons, put out by the meteor as it neared Earth — 30 times the energy of the atomic bomb that struck Hiroshima
40,000 -- Estimated speed of Friday's meteor, in miles per hour, before crashing, according to Russian space agency Roscosmos
567 -- Typical cruising speed of a Boeing 747, in miles per hour
25 -- Diameter, in feet, of a hole in frozen Lake Chebarkul, believed to be where a large chunk crashed through the ice
53 -- "Small, stony, black objects," confirmed as meteorite fragments, that scientists have recovered so far from around Lake Chebarkul
$2,220 -- Price per gram of recovered fragments of the meteorite — 40 times the price of gold — according to Dmitry Kachkalin, a member of the Russian Society of Amateur Meteorite Lovers
5,000 -- Rough estimate of known meteors 100 feet in diameter or bigger that could hit Earth,
... according to NASA Sources: Bloomberg Businessweek, CNN, Guardian, Reuters, Space dot com, Wall Street Journal, Wired
" ... The best bet, Ford [Mark Ford, a longtime collector who is chairman of the British and Irish Meteorite Society] says, is to buy from a dealer who is a member of the International Meteorite Collectors Association, a self-policing group of dealers. Ordinarily, after a major meteorite fall, “the dealers are on the next plane,” he says. “But this being Russia, it’s a bit more difficult. They have to get visas, and there are some security issues because Chelyabinsk is a nuclear city.” (Carol Matlack on February 19, 2013. LINK) ... "