Up to 725 people have been injured from the damaged caused by the sonic boom of an exploding meteorite over Chelyabinsk in central Russia. Russia’s Emergencies Ministry puts the number of wounded people at 150. Chelyabinsk city officials say the blast happened at an altitude of 33 miles with the meteor breaking apart and causing a shower as it entered the Earth’s atmosphere at around 9:20 in the morning local time.
As of 15:00 Moscow time, 725 people have sought medical attention in Chelyabinsk alone because of the disaster, 112 of whom have been hospitalized, of them two in critical condition. Among the injured there are 159 children, Emergency ministry reported.
Part of the meteorite raced across the horizon, leaving a long trail of white smoke behind it which could be seen 200 kilometres away in Russia’s fourth-largest city, Yekaterinburg.
A number of buildings have been damaged in the industrial city of Chelyabinsk,1,500 kilometres east of Moscow.
The Ministry reported that 297 buildings were damaged, and another 450 buildings were left without gas because facilities in the city had also been damaged, an Emergency Ministry spokesperson said, according to Russia 24 news channel.
The meteorite explosion and shower set off car alarms, shattered windows and disrupted the mobile phone network.
Six hundred square metres of the roof of a zinc factory collapsed, according to the Interior Ministry.
City officials have urged people to stay indoors unless they need to pick their children up from schools and nurseries.
Space Center News.
Wednesday's second day of missions went better. Those of us new to the Magellan are improving our skills at 2nd Chair. Computer bugs still top the list of things to fix. On the bright side, our dimmers are in and our lighting problem is resolved.
New computer controls converting the Magellan from a space station to a starship were installed in the simulator just before the Space Center closed in August. We didn't have time to do a proper debugging then, hence the problems we have now. However, there is no need to fear, SuperTech Matt Ricks is here. Matt and Zac spent a few hours debugging the controls Thursday afternoon. If they can't fix it, nobody can.
Today we see our last class from Central Elementary. Ridgeline Elementary starts us off next week. The Phoenix joins the Magellan in the simulator line up on Tuesday. We will be running on all engines.
Letters to the Space Center
My name is Mitch Burton and I'm a Nuclear Electricians Mate in the the U.S. Navy. I was talking to my wife today, freaking out about how excited I was, about everything I learned on the two field trips I took to the Space Center back when I was in elementary school at Washington Elementary in Bountiful, UT.
A quick background, I've been studying in the Nuclear Engineering Field for the last 2 years, training in all types of sciences and qualifying as a Nuclear Reactor Operator. I have to train in systems, work through challenges, practice for casualties and damage control in the ship. It's incredible, because I remember vividly the missions we took when I was in 5th and 6th grade at y'alls Space Center, and it in a way reminds me of my training here. I really felt like I was being trained to operate a ship that was going on missions to help the universe, fight aliens, and discover new worlds. I remember the pressure that I felt to not let my classmates down when I operated the propulsion system to try and dodge photon torpedoes, and the courage I had when I was selected to go fight aliens with phaser guns that had boarded our ship. Its really hard to explain how awesome it is looking back from where I am now, and knowing that I helped shipmates complete missions and a had a blast doing it, when I was so young! It makes me feel like I can accomplish anything now as I serve my country in the Nuclear Navy.
I just wanted to let y'all know that I loved the experiences I had on field trips to your program, and am stoked to relive those memories to my wife and kid. I think what y'all do to help encourage kids to have critical thinking, courage, determination, leadership skills and imagination, is amazing and I hope y'all can keep doing it forever.
I know this is random and out of the blue, but y'all inspired one kid with blonde hair and buck teeth to think maybe he was a leader, and maybe he could do impossible things. And I'm proud of where thinking that way has brought me.
Thanks for all you do!
Nuclear Electricians Mate Petty Officer 3rd Class
United States Navy