Fred Motson, ‘Space invaders: the legal status of meteorites in England and Wales’

INTRODUCTION
The morning of 15 February 2013 began like any other in the Russian city of Chelysbinsk. Residents of the city woke up and prepared for their day, completely unaware that they were the target of a missile already travelling at approximately 43,000 miles per hour, with an explosive energy equivalent to around 440,000 tons of TNT. That missile was what became known as the Chelyabinsk meteor, a house-sized piece of rock from outer space which exploded in the atmosphere above Chelyabinsk at about 9.20am local time. Around 1,600 people were injured, mainly through glass breaking in the resulting shockwave, and many eyewitnesses feared nuclear attack or even alien invasion …

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Fred Motson, ‘Space invaders: the legal status of meteorites in England and Wales’ [2021] Conveyancer and Property Lawyer (3) 278-289.

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