Meteorite pulled from Russian lake
Date published: 18th October 2013
Live footage showed a team pull out a 1.5-metre-long (five-foot-long) rock from the lake after first wrapping it in a special covering and placing it on a metal sheet while it was still underwater.
The rock broke into three parts as it was pulled from the depths.
Once ashore, it was placed on top of a scale for weighing.
However, the scale broke as it hit the 570kg (1,255lb) mark.
Dr Caroline Smith, curator of meteorites at London's Natural History Museum, confirmed that the object was a meteorite from characteristic features known as fusion crust and regmaglypts, which are obvious in images.
She told BBC News: "Fusion crust forms as the meteoroid is travelling through the atmosphere as a fireball.
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