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Olympics: Meteorite Medals

Sochi Olympic medals will contain fragments of the Chelyabinsk meteor that slammed into Russia last years, officials say. 

It all happened last February... a meteor fireball blazed across southern Urals.  It was the largest recorded meteor strike in more than a century. 

Nearly 2,000 people were injured by the shock wave from the explosion.  It was estimated to be as strong as 20 Hiroshima atomic bombs, as it landed near Chelyabinsk. 

So now gold medals presented to winners at the Sochi Olympics will contain fragments of the meteorite.  The medals are not the official coins normally handed out.  Instead, they are special commemorative ones that will be given to those who win on the anniversary of the meteor strike on February 15th. 

The medals have a chip of the meteorite embedded in its center. 

(sources:  BBC, DM, PBS)




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