Eight months after the spectacular explosion of a meteorite on the Russian city of Chelyabinsk divers might have a estimated 600-pound fragment of the celestial body with a winch pulled out of a lake. The massive chunk was probably “one of the ten largest fragments of a celestial body that was found worldwide,” the researcher Sergei Samosdra said Wednesday, according to the Interfax news agency. The salvage of the rock chunk was broadcast on Russian television.
recovery from the Chebarkul Lake about 1500 kilometers east of Moscow was “extremely complicated,” said the head of the mission, Maxim Schipulin, in the city in the Urals. “The lump was in almost twenty meters deep and was barely visible in the murky water.” Scientists have pinpointed the exact location before with sonar equipment.Still other debris in the lake
The Brocken is so heavy that even a special scale on land was not enough to measure him Schipulin said. When they wanted to convey the meteorite on a scale, it should be broken into at least three parts. Also the scale apparently broke down when she indicated 570 kg. “We believe that the whole thing weighs more than 600 kilograms,” said one of the researchers involved in the website “lifenews.ru”. Other fragments, probably still stuck in an approximately three meters thick layer of mud at the bottom of the lake, should not initially be salvaged.
The pressure wave of 15 February 2013 meteorite had exploded around 7000 buildings damaged. Shattered window panes injured about 1,500 people. According to researchers, the stone had a weight of ten thousand tons and a diameter of up to twenty meters.
According to experts, it will take a while to establish beyond doubt whether it is born on Wednesday at the boulders in fact a fragment of the meteorite. According to the TV channel Vesti 24 divers have brought twelve putative fragments from the lake. Only in four cases, the rock actually came from space.