4.5 billion year old meteor fragments discovered along Mississippi highway by Houston scientists being studied at NASA
Fragments of a meteor found on a southwest Mississippi highway earlier this month could be 4. Scientists from Houston traveled more than five hours to southwest Mississippi along U.
The boom reportedly came from the meteor traveling at 55,000 mph, generating an energy equivalent of 3 tons of TNT as it broke apart. The reports attracted the attention of many people who collect and study meteors, including scientists from Houston.
KHOU 11 in Houston interviewed the scientists about their discovery of the fragments that are now being analyzed at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. Marc Fries, a NASA cosmic dust curator, and Linda Welzenbach Fries who works in the Earth and Planetary Science Department at Rice University, found the fragments.
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