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Google uses Street View backpacks to map Meteor Crater

Earth is due for an especially close flyby of an asteroid on Friday, February 15th, and Google Maps is celebrating the near miss by showing off its new panoramic imagery of an ancient impact site in the Arizona desert called Meteor Crater.
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Fire Near Meteor Crater

Fire Officials say that a small brush fire near meteor crater is under control.

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Canyon Diablo Meteorite



Canyon Diablo meteorite from the best preserved Meteorite Crater On Earth



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Arizona's crater site fascinating glimpse into science

About 50,000 years ago, the crater was created in less than 10 seconds when a meteor about 150 feet across slammed into what is now Northern Arizona's Colorado Plateau at an excess of 26,000 miles per hour. Vaporising on contact, it left behind a crater that is more than 550 feet deep and nearly a mile across. Can't comprehend those numbers? Imagine 20 football games being played at the same time on the crater floor with 2 million fans seated along the crater walls. A 60-story building wouldn't reach the rim.
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Drivers across northern Arizona can drive with a greater sense of relief now that the Arizona Department of Transportation has reopened Meteor Crater Rest Area along Interstate 40.
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This would not have been a good place to be standing 50,000 years ago.
Not unless your goal was to be vaporised.
The site, near Winslow in Northern Arizona, was smashed to smithereens by a huge meteorite that slammed into the Earth at about 26,000 miles an hour.

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Despite melting, disintegrating and partially vaporising upon impact, the Canyon Diablo meteorite still left behind enough of itself - more than 15 tons have been recovered, with some fragments scattered as far as 6 miles from the craters center - for scientists to categorize it as an iron meteorite. One of three types of meteorites (the other two are called stony and stony-iron), the Canyon Diablo meteorite is composed of 92 percent iron and 7.1 percent nickel, along with traces of such rare metallic elements as gallium, iridium and germanium.
Visitors can actually touch the largest piece of the Canyon Diablo meteorite found to date, a pockmarked, silvery-black, 1,406-pound space rock called the Holsinger meteorite in honour of discoverer S.F. Holsinger, an early explorer of the crater

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