Location: Zagami, Katsina Province, Nigeria
Fell: October 3, 1962
Type: Shergottite (SNC)
On an October afternoon in 1962, this meteorite landed about 10 feet away from a farmer who was trying to chase crows from his corn field. The farmer heard a tremendous explosion and was buffeted by a pressure wave. After a puff of smoke and a thud, the meteorite buried itself in a hole about 2 feet deep. Weighing at about 18,000 grams (40 pounds), the Zagami meteorite is the largest single individual Mars meteorite ever found.
The meteorite was sent to the Kaduna Geological Survey and placed in a museum. Some years later, Robert Haag, a meteorite dealer, traded for a large portion of the Zagami meteorite. The Zagami meteorite is the most easily obtainable SNC meteorite available to collectors.
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