Smithsonian Museum Paid $10,000 To Keep Meteorite That Fell in Virginia

By on Mar 20, 2011 in Science, United States Comments
Meteorite Fell In Va.
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A tennis-ball-sized meteorite, that fell on the medical office roof in Virginia, was paid $10,000, by the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, according to international sites on Saturday, March 19, 2011.

The meteorite that crashed in the examination room of the medical office in January 2010, was found by doctors, Marc Gallini and Frank Ciampi, of Lorton, Virginia. The amount paid by the Smithsonian Museum was in turn donated by the doctors to the Doctors Without Borders charity.

Smithsonian museum has the largest collection of natural historical specimens and artifacts in the world. The meteorite will now be part of the museum’s vast research collection, according to Smithsonian museum spokesman Randall Kremer.



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