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Almahata Sitta Meteorite

The meteorite called Almahata Sitta was classified as a polymict ureilite
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Three European tourists have been detained in Sudan for acquiring the remnants of a rare meteorite that hit a remote region in 2008, their lawyer said.
Lawyer Adil Yacoub Ahmed says the tourists, two from France and the other from Belgium, were arrested 500 kilometres north of the capital Khartoum.

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Sudanese police said on Tuesday they had arrested two European tourists for collecting fragments of an asteroid from the country's northern desert without permission.
The tourists, from France and Belgium, found pieces of an asteroid that crashed to earth in the Abu-Hamad area of Sudan's remote Northern state, said a statement published by Sudan's interior ministry.

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Dana Perino told a story Friday about perhaps the most unusual email she received while serving as press secretary for President George W. Bush.
It arrived 9:30 one night, from NASA, with "HEADS UP" in the subject line. It warned that an asteroid was headed toward Sudan.

"Asteroids usually break up. But the email asked us to call the Sudanese and let them know it's coming" - Dana Perino

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The asteroid that crashed in northern Sudan last year was shaped like a loaf of walnut-raisin bread, according to astronomer Peter Scheirich and colleagues at Ondrejov Observatory and Charles University in the Czech Republic. Scheirich reported his findings at the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society meeting in Puerto Rico on October 5, 2009 in a special session dedicated to this asteroid one year after the fall.

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Planetary scientists have reported a slew of new findings about the first asteroid ever spotted before pieces of it fell to Earth. The space rock contained a number of amino acids, had a flattened shape and appears to have been blasted off the surface of a larger body, researchers reported October 5 at the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Societys Division for Planetary Sciences.
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The asteroid that crashed in northern Sudan last year was shaped like a loaf of walnut-raisin bread, according to astronomer Peter Scheirich and colleagues at Ondrejov Observatory and Charles University in the Czech Republic. Scheirich reported his findings at the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society meeting in Puerto Rico, which on October 5 dedicated a special session to this asteroid, "From the Heavens to the Earth: The 2008 TC3 / Almahata Sitta Ureilite Fall."
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On October 7, 2008, shortly before dawn in northern Sudan, a trucker named Omar Fadul el Mula was praying at a remote teahouse in the Nubian Desert when a bright flash lit up the landscape. It was as if the world had switched from night to day. He sprung to his feet, ran around the small building, and saw a huge trail of dust and debris stretched high in the sky.
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Photo of R. Kowalski, holding a 2.1-gram fragment of  2008 TC3.
(The telescope in the background is the 1.5-m Catalina Sky Survey telescope).

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