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UT professor obtains Russian meteor pieces for research

Mal Alder • Mar 23, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Thanks to efforts by Larry Taylor, director of the Planetary Geosciences Institute at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville is now home to part of the meteor that exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia, in February.

When the meteor exploded, thousands of small pieces were scattered over a 50- to 70-square- mile area. With the help of his colleagues at the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Novosibirsk, Taylor was able to obtain three of the small samples to study back in the U.S.

“I promised I would bring one of my friends to UT to learn English while doing some exciting science,” Taylor explained.