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Chelyabinsk meteorite hit the Earth like a warning shot fired from space

Just after sunrise on 15 February 2013, as commuters made their way along snow-covered roads to Chelyabinsk in south-west Russia, the clear blue sky was torn by a hurtling lump of space rock. The meteorite appeared without warning, out of the sun, on a shallow trajectory. It thumped into the atmosphere…

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