Thursday, March 22, 2018

UrFU gives Chelyabinsk meteor fragment to French muesum

Ural Federal University transferred a fragment of the Chelyabinsk meteorite to the general fund of the Paris National Museum of Natural History on Tuesday.

The passing of such a significant object follows the implementation of a cultural cooperation program between Russia and France, launched in 2010.

In February, a meteorite fell to earth in the Chelyabinsk region, fragments of which were found by UrFU scientists near Lake Tchebarkul. Victor Iosifovicha Grochowski, an associate professor of physics at UrFU's Institute of Technology and a member of the Committee on Meteorites of the Russian Academy of Sciences, said the material analyzed in the laboratories at UrFU helped identify information about the internal structure of the meteorite, allowing for its type to be set at LL5. This was the first time a meteorite fell in the territory of Russia.

In April, a representative of the Paris museum sent an official letter to the Chelyabinsk government asking for a piece of meteorite for the museum's main collection. The fragments were exchanged in a solemn ceremony, during which French scientists explained their plans for the object.

The exchange between the Russian and French institutions is significant in that the French Republic has technology that cannot be found in Russia.