Scientists find rock in Siberia; alien craft, too
12 August 2004
A1 / Front
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Russian scientists claim to have discovered the wreckage of an alien craft at the site of a massive explosion in Siberia almost 100 years ago.
The Interfax news agency reported yesterday the scientists found the craft and a 50-kilogram rock near the Tunguska River in the remote northeastern region of Russia.
On June 30, 1908, an explosion that was felt hundreds of kilometres away wiped out some 2,000 square kilometres of forest.
The cause of the blast remains officially unexplained. A meteorite was ruled out because there was no impact crater, but in recent years scientists have said the explosion was caused by an asteroid that completely disintegrated before reaching the surface of the Earth.
The Russians making the extra-terrestrial claim work for a publicly funded organization that is studying the Tunguska phenomenon. The 50-kg rock is undergoing analysis, the scientists said.