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June 11, 2007

Greensburg meteorite on display at Exploration Place

Greensburg's famous 1,000-pound space rock landed at Exploration Place today, where it will be on display for about a month.

Greensburg's famous 1,000-pound space rock landed at Exploration Place on Monday, where it will be on display for about a month.

Dubbed the "Space Wanderer" when it was unearthed in 1949, the pallasite meteorite -- the second largest of many that have been excavated in Kansas -- will spend the next few months wandering the state while Greensburg rebuilds.

The meteorite had been on display near the World's Largest Hand-Dug Well before a tornado tore through Greensburg last month. It was recovered from beneath piles of rubble.

Exploration Place will display it in its main lobby, where visitors will be able to make donations to the Greensburg Rebuilding Fund. Admission to Exploration Place is not required to see the meteorite.

Greensburg officials have said the meteorite likely will travel to other places, including the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson, until its hometown and the Big Well museum are ready for its return.

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