Allende (cv3) – 63.24g


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Here is a nice and complete specimen of Allende.

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In the early morning of Saturday, 8 February 1969 (between 0105 and 0110 Central Standard Time), a brilliant fireball was observed over much of northern Mexico and adjacent areas of Texas and New Mexico. The most spectacular phenomena were centered around the city of Hidalgo del Parral in the south-central part of the state of Chihuahua. The fireball approached from the south-southwest, and as it neared its terminal point the brilliant light was accompanied by tremendous detonations and a strong air blast. Thousands of individual meteoritic stones rained down over a large area of rural Mexico. One weighing 15 kg fell within four meters of a house in the town of Pueblito de Allende, 35 km east of Parral. This stone was broken up, and pieces taken to the office of the newspaper “El Correo de Parral” the same day; the news of an important meteorite fall was published that evening. Dr. E. A. King of the NASA Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, Texas, heard of these events on the morning of 10 February 1969 and departed promptly for the scene. He returned with meteoritic material on the morning of 12 February, and he and his colleagues have published a preliminary report on their findings (King et al., 1969).