On This Day In Space: Oct. 9, 1992: Peekskill Meteorite Lands in New York (Image Credit: Space.com)
On Oct. 9, 1992, a rock the size of a bowling ball fell out of space and crash-landed on someone’s Chevy Malibu in Peekskill, New York.
Thousands of people along the U.S. East Coast witnessed the Peekskill meteorite blazing through the skies over Kentucky, West Virginia and Pennsylvania before it hit the parked car. Eighteen-year-old Michelle Knapp was sitting at home when she thought she heard a car crash outside.
When Knapp went to look, she found a hole in the trunk of her car and a smoking-hot meteorite beneath it. She had just bought the car for $300, and after it was damaged, she sold it for $10,000.
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