Huffpost UK Tech uk

Spanish Farmer Discovers Rock Used To Cure Ham Is £3.4 Million Asteroid

Posted: Updated:
Print
PA
PA

A rock found by a Spanish farmer has been revealed to be an asteroid worth $5.3 million - 30 years since it was found and put to work as a press for curing meat.

Faustino Asensio Lopez found the 220-pound, 18-by-12-inch rock in 1980 while tending livestock with his father in their field, near Ciudad Real.

He assumed the rock was a remnant from Spain's civil war, and put it on the family's patio.

Eventually it was used as a ham press to cure meat.

But after he saw a TV show about meteorite sightings in Spain in 2011 he got in touch with a geologist - who was startled when Lopez showed him the prize object.

The rock turned out to be a pre-historic metallic meteorite, part of an asteroid or even a comet that hit the Earth.

The Spanish newspaper ABC said it was the fourth such meteorite to be found in spain - and the first since 1950.

Part of the asteroid is now on display in Madrid's Mining Museum, according to the New York Daily news. A fragment was used for testing, and a full-scale replica was made for public viewing.

Most Popular Videos

More from the Web

Around the Web

This bizarre meteorite may be first ever discovered from Mercury

NASA Scientists Find Striking Similarity Between Moon And Asteroids

Astrophile: Mighty Trojan found marching with Uranus

Newly Discovered Evidence Supports Ancient Asteroid Impact Theory

Nasa's advice on asteroid hitting Earth: pray