Saturday, June 13, 2009

Boy hit by space rock

In one of the few instances in human history of a person being hit by a celestial object, a German teenager has been struck by a fragment of rock. The red-hot missile was about the size of a pea. The encounter left Gerrit Blank with a 7.5-cm scar on his hand. While there are many old stories of human-meteor interactions, the only authenticated case before Blank's is apparently an American woman struck and bruised in Alabama in 1954.

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