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Russian meteor fragment literally breaks the scales (+video)

Divers have recovered what is believed to be a large chunk of the meteor that exploded over Russia’s Chelyabinsk region in February.

Divers recover part of a meteorite, weighing 570 kilograms, which exploded in Chelyabinsk, Russia earlier this year.
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Divers have lifted from the bottom of a lake what is believed to be a massive hunk of the meteor that exploded over Russia’s Chelyabinsk region earlier this year.

If confirmed to belong to the meteor, the rock will be the largest piece to have been recovered so far, weighing almost half a ton, according to the state-funded news outlet Russia Today. It’s exact weight, though, is unknown, since the rock split in three as soon as it was lifted from the water and then broke the scale as the team tried to weigh it, RT said.

The rock was pulled from Lake Chebarkul, in the Urals, the mountain range that ribs western Russia, on Wednesday.

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Efforts last month to tug the enormous fragment from the lake had failed when the team found that the rock, submerged at least 40 feet deep, was buried under thick mud. It took ten days for the team to pump out the sediment so that the rock could be pried loose, RT reported.

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