25 Most Bizarre Things To Fall From Outer Space

Fortunately, most of the scariest things in space are many light years from our tiny planet. That doesn’t mean, however, that we don’t get a few interstellar intruders every once in a while. While most objects found in space will never come crashing to Earth, there are a few exceptions. The most common among them would include meteorites and space junk. But even the most ordinary looking chunk of rock can be quite extraordinary when you dig a little deeper. These are the 25 Most Bizarre Things To Fall From Outer Space!

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A warm tank

Zenit rocketSource: nationalgeographic.com

In March of 2011 a hiker in Colorado came across a spherical object sitting in a crater. When he touched it, the object was still warm! After the case was handed over to NASA, they identified it as the tank from a Russian Zenit-3 rocket that was launched in January 2011. This was one of the few cases of such an object being found in the US.


The cow crusher

cowSource: livescience.com

On October 15, 1972, farmers in Trujillo, Venezuela heard a loud sonic boom. The next day, they found a large rock next to a crushed cow. It wasn’t until several years later that scientists confirmed the rock to be a meteorite. Known as Valeria, this is the only meteorite on record to have caused a fatality (of the cow).


The Tunguska Event

meteorite strikeSource: bbc

On June 30, 1908, a massive explosion occurred in eastern Siberia. Nearly 2,000 square kilometers (770 square miles) of forest were completely flattened. The explosion was roughly 1,000 times more powerful than the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima. But the craziest part? No impact crater was ever found. The explosion has been attributed to the air burst of a meteoroid that disintegrated about 10 km above the surface of the Earth.


The rocket hot tub

hot tubSource: nationalgeographic.com

In 2000 some people walking along a beach in Corpus Christi, Texas found a large, mysterious metal object that had washed ashore. They wanted to turn it into a hot tub, but when officials determined it to be the end of an Ariane 5 rocket, NASA objected to the beachcombers’ plans!


A rocky cure

rocksSource: livescience.com

On August 14, 1992, people in the town of Mbale in Nigeria heard a large explosion in the sky. Shortly thereafter, rocks began falling from the sky. Since the region was struggling with an epidemic of AIDS, residents thought the stones were a cure from God. They even ground up the rocks and ate them.

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