In California, looking for a fallen meteorite fragments


15/05/2012

Scientists are on the stage of an epic search for "Precious" meteorite fragments - California fireball that appeared in the morning sky over California last month.

Space debris formed in the destruction of an asteroid the size of a mini-bus that burst into the Earth’s atmosphere and great flying day "fireball" in the sky over California and part of Nevada on April 22 of this year. Meteorite fragments were scattered around Sutter’s Mill, an old sawmill in Coloma, California - the same area, where he found the first gold nugget, prompting Gold Rush of 1848.

Now, NASA officials appeared irresistible impulse to find the fragments of the meteorite, as exciting as the California Gold Rush, says the space agency.

Scientists and meteorite hunters gathered in the surrounding areas in hopes of finding precious space minerals that may contain clues about the history of the solar system, as well as on the origin of the molecules that led to the life on the planet.

Fragments from the so-called Sutter’s Mill meteorite fell to Earth on April 22 at 7:51 am (10:51 ET). At least one piece of space landed on the horse’s pasture outside the town of Lotus, California, in the Sierra Nevada, according to a report by NASA scientists. Merv de Hass, who owns the farm, found the meteorite and donated his agency NASA.

Meteorite found de Hess, very rare, and scientists are very interested in his study, because it may contain molecules that explain how the standard "blocks of life" appeared on Earth. The chemical compounds of the meteorite could also help astronomers understand the early solar system and how the planets were formed.

"Meteorite Sutter’s Mill is among the most chemically primitive meteorites," said the statement, Greg Schmidt, deputy director of the NASA Lunar Science Institute (NLSI). "He goes to find out ’how life began on Earth?’. This - exciting stuff - no one yet knows what’s inside. Meteorite Sutter’s Mill may be the most important sample of the collected over more than 40 years" .

Until now, a fragment of a meteorite, found de Hass family, is one of the largest fragments found, but further exploration of the meteorite is expected to continue over the next few months, NASA scientists say.

Original: Physorg.com


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