In Essen, Germany, a 14-year-old boy was hit by a chunk of meteorite as it fell to Earth. The reportedly pea-sized rock was estimated to be traveling at roughly 30,000 miles per hour when it struck the boy’s hand before leaving a crater in the ground. Luckily, the boy was only hit in the hand and left with a 3-inch scar and a pretty awesome story to tell for the rest of his life. Initial tests performed on the rock do confirm that it came from space and is highly magnetic. Of course, the teen should be kept under surveillance to see if he turns into a zombie or has to deal with space herpes. In the mean time, we salute you, kid, you took it like a man.
According to the original post by the Telegraph, there is only one other record of a person being hit by falling space debris and surviving. That happened over 50 years ago, here in the United States. In that case, the person was not the initial impact, so the grapefruit sized rock had lost at least some speed before hitting the sleeping woman.
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