An image of the 17-pound meteorite recovered from Antarctica.

Scientists find 17-kilogram meteorite in frozen Antarctica

An intrepid team of scientists endured the inhospitable conditions of the frozen Antarctic desert to recover five new meteorites, including a monster space rock weighing almost 17 kilograms.

The team of scientists included Field Museum and University of Chicago researcher Maria Valdes, who estimated that of the 45,000 meteorites recovered so far from the frozen wilderness of Antarctica, only about 100 have been as large as the largest member of this new shipment, which weighs 16.7 pounds (7.6 kilograms).

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