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Meteorite crashes through North Georgia home

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CARTERSVILLE, GA (Times Free Press) - A meteorite older than Earth itself, traveling millions of miles through space before blowing through an attic in Northwest Georgia, was unveiled Tuesday morning at the Tellus Science Museum.

"It's sort of interesting to ponder the journey this meteorite might have had," said museum curator Julian Gray.

Experts estimate the half-pound, peach-sized space rock was traveling between 50,000 and 70,000 mph when it entered the atmosphere on March 1, 2009. They estimate it was still moving at 200 to 300 miles per hour when it punctured a roof, bounced off of a joist, punched through a drywall ceiling and landed in a bedroom in a Cartersville home around 11 p.m. that night.

"I would suggest we all look at the fine print in our (insurance) policy," joked Jose Santamaria, executive director for the museum.

Held in a special airtight case, the meteorite will go on display at the museum Thursday.

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