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Russia's Meteor is Nothing Compared to Arizona's Hole in the Ground

February 18, 2013 at 3:42 PM | by | ()

That meteor doing its thing over—and into—Russia was kind of neat in a crazy kind of way, huh? Still, we’re pretty sure that we’d prefer that the space rocks stay out of the atmosphere for a bit. However, it's totally possible to check out some of the space stuff that’s made its way down to earth already, which is why we were intrigued to learn about one museum where you can safely check out some astronomical debris.

The best preserved meteorite impact site in the whole world is just outside Winslow, Arizona. The one mile across, 550-foot deep crater is yours for the checking out, as the site and museum are open between 8am and 5pm daily. It’s not just a huge hole in the ground—although it is that first and foremost—as they’ve got hunks of space junk on display as well. There’s a meteorite fragment that weighs a cool 1,400 pounds, and there’s plenty of space this and astronaut that. They’ve even got some training items on display from the Apollo space missions.

If you’re interested, it’s $16 for the big kids to check things out, and that includes access to three different viewing points, a snazzy meteor movie, and a guided tour of the rim of the crater. Oh—and if you’re heading across the country in your RV en route to the Grand Canyon—they’ve got a spot you can park your Winnebago for the night. Just be sure to close the sunroof, as you don’t want any other meteors heading into your personal space.

[Photo: Wikimedia]

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