Hard Luck crater
Although Odessa Crater is unimpressive, and almost completely filled in with sediments, local residents once hoped it might attract tourists. They planned to build an underground gallery to show off the giant meteorite that they believed lay buried deep beneath the crater. But after months of digging, workers found only small meteorite fragments and a fossil of a primitive horse. Researchers later realized the huge meteorite must have exploded on impact.
LOCATION: Southwest of Odessa, Texas, USA
AGE: 25,000 - 50,000 years
DIAMETER: 168 meters (551 feet)
Found 1922 Ector County, Texas, USA
Topic: Earth Science
Keywords: Astrogeology, Astrophysics, Earth (Planet)--Surface, Meteorite craters, Meteorites