Friday, February 20, 2009

2008 TC3 Fragments Recovered!!!

According to an article appeared few hours ago on New Scientist website, a team of meteorite hunters, using data provided by NASA, has finally has found fragments of the asteroid 2008 TC3 plunged into the atmosphere above Sudan on 7 October 2008.

Here You can find some of the post appeared on this blog about 2008 TC3 story:

A photo of one of the fragments recovered can be seen in the slides of a presentation reported at a United Nations meeting discussing near-Earth object (NEO) impacts (slide number 19):

 (courtesy of P. Jennisken - SETI Institute)

It seems that the discovery team, including well-know meteorite expert Peter Jenniskens, has already submitted a study about the find to a scientific journal, but no more information are available at present.

UPDATE The paper "The recovery of asteroid 2008 TC3" by M. H. SHADDAD, P. JENNISKENS et al. is available here

by Ernesto Guido

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