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is this a real meteorite?

I found this out in the desert on one of my visits to arizona from vegas. I found this rock during thanksgiving weekend where my dad and I park at his little ranch which is very clean, no rocks at all. we spent the night at kingman for thanksgiving and on our way back to vegas we stop at our little ranch to drop some stuff off when we park I got out and found this rock in a small crater in the dirt. obviously to my surprise I think its a space rock. its heavy for its size and a little larger than a golf ball you'll see the picture. so yeah theres my back ground story of it so let me know what it is. thanks!

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Watch out for falling satellites

Watch out for falling satellitesWith no one at the wheel, should we be worried about the large US spy satellite now headed for a crash landing?US spy satellite 193 is predicted to de-orbit less than gracefully in Feburary or early March. The chances of it actually hitting a populated area are exceedingly small, but perhaps you can catch a few micrograms of it using Kiteman's How to catch a star Instructable.What is happening?An out-of-control US spy satellite will crash to Earth in the coming months, government officials say. The satellite is large enough that remnants are likely to survive atmospheric re-entry and strike the Earth, sometime in late February or early March, says Gordon Johndroe, a spokesman for the National Security Council.Is that normal?"This is relatively routine in that satellites de-orbit all the time," says Johndroe. Pieces of uncontrolled debris heavier than two tonnes -- mostly discarded rocket stages -- crash to Earth as often as once every three weeks, says Jonathan McDowell, an astronomer and launch observer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts.Many discarded pieces retain some power, so that controllers on Earth can guide them to a point far from human habitation, usually using a final dive into an ocean. In 2001, Russian space officials broke up the old Mir space station in this way over the South Pacific. That's not the case for this US one, however."Obviously, we want to take a look at the potential for it to land in a populated area," says Johndroe.What are the chances of it crashing through my roof?Exceedingly slim, says McDowell. Remember that some 70% of the Earth is water, and most lands are void of people. "There is no reason for people to get alarmed about it," he says.According to the NASA Orbital Debris Program Office, there have been no confirmed instances of serious property damage or injury caused by crashing debris in 40 years.

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Can anyone help identify an Unknown Metal Object? Answered

It is silver, no rust and it will not be scratched by anything. It is magnetic, it's about as round as a quarter, and maybe an inch thick. It weighs 150 grams, or 5.37 oz. It randomly appeared on my back porch one day. The top looks like a bundt cake design, the bottom is flat with a perfect circle in the middle. I found it in Southern Missouri. I have asked multiple people and no one has any clue as to what this could be. I would say its a meteorite, but the shape of it is unlike any meteorite I've ever seen.  Any referrals or thoughts about what this could be would be gratefully appreciated!!! 

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How do you make make a two piece plaster mold around a paper mache object?

I was wanting to make a one piece plastic meteorite from a two part plaster mold using the blow plastic mold technique. My object is a paper mache meteorite. I like to know how do I prepare my mache meteorite so it doesn't stick or brake apart in the mold.I all ready filled the inside of the mache with foam for strength.I plan to mold the paper mache meteorite, heat up a plastic bottle or one of those plastic bottle blanks they use to make plastic bottles & blow it up inside the mold making a one piece meteorite with no seems.

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