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Souvenir Medals With Chelyabinsk Meteorite Fragments
31.01.2014 01:24
Souvenir Medals With Chelyabinsk Meteorite Fragments
(Source: http://trendsblog.ru/tag/zimnie-olimpijskie-igry)

Souvenir medals with Chelyabinsk meteorite fragments will soon be produced in Zlatoust. Such gifts are meant for the top athletes who will win golden medals at the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi on February 15, on the day of the meteorite fall to the ground of South Urals.

      This initiative was brought up in summer by the cultural agency of the region. ”It happened so that the negotiations were delayed, but now we chose the contractor - the medals will be manufactured in Zlatoust “Maok” art workshop. This company has a well-deserved reputation as a serious exclusive company, that’s why we chose it. The sketch is ready; it was made by the artist Artem Zharikov. We ordered a larger amount of medals than it is needed for Olympics - 50 pieces, 10 of them are meant for the athletes who will win gold, the rest of medals will be exhibited at our museum, and then, most likely, will go to private collections” - the Minister of Culture of Chelyabinsk oblast Aleksei Betekhtin commented. The meteorite fragments have already arrived in Zlatoust, now masters decide how to fix them to the metal base. The medals will be made of non-ferrous metal, with the use of gold and silver. The preliminary cost of one piece of souvenir production is estimated at 4.5-5 thousand roubles.

      The Chelyabinsk meteorite was a near-Earth asteroid that entered Earth's atmosphere over Russia on 15 February 2013, with an estimated speed of 18.6 kilometres per second, almost 60 times the speed of sound. It quickly became a brilliant superbolide meteorite over the southern Ural region. The light from the meteor was brighter than the Sun. It was observed over a wide area of the region and in neighbouring republics. Eyewitnesses also felt intense heat from the fireball.

      Due to its enormous velocity and shallow atmospheric entry angle, the object exploded in an air burst over Chelyabinsk Oblast, at a height of around 23.3 km. The explosion generated a bright flash, producing many small fragmentary meteorites and a powerful shock wave. The object was undetected before its atmospheric entry and its explosion created panic among local residents. About 1,500 people were injured seriously enough to seek medical treatment. All of the injuries were due to indirect effects rather than the meteor itself, mainly from broken glass from windows that were blown in when the shock wave arrived, minutes after the superbolide's flash. Some 7,200 buildings in six cities across the region were damaged by the explosion's shock wave.

       




Author: Anna Dorozhkina

Tags: Sochi 2014 Chelyabinsk meteorite Sochi medals   

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