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A.4.2. Krasnojarsk. Rocks from space? hero

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Rocks from space?

When the Krasnojarsk meteorite was found in 1749, no one believed that rocks came from space. But after Ernst Chladni, a German physicist, analyzed this meteorite's unusual mixture of stone and iron, he began to convince skeptics that meteorites did indeed originate far from Earth. For his innovative work, Chladni became known as the father of meteoritics—the study of meteorites.

Collection Information

KRASNOJARSK

Found 1749

Yeniseisk, Krasnoyarsk Territory, Russia

PAL

AMNH 897

For Educators

Topic: Earth Science

Subtopic: Meteorites

Keywords: Astrophysics, Astrogeology, Meteorites--History, Chladni, Ernst Florens Friedrich, 1756-1827, Astrophysicists

Audience: General