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Meteorite in Russia

From: Masinaigan@aol.com
Date: Tue, 30 Jun 1998 08:04:08 EDT
Fwd Date: Tue, 30 Jun 1998 09:55:40 -0400
Subject: Meteorite in Russia

Dear List:

     Please read the email from Jackie Jerrigan below.
Apparently a most unusual meteor crashed in
Turkmenistan in central Asia on June 20, 1998.
     Significant UFO activity was recorded elsewhere
in the world that day.
     If any of our European colleagues saw a newspaper
story on this event, I would greatly appreciate it if you
would forward the item to UFO Roundup.  Thanks!

                                             Joe Trainor

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Date: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 18:22:17 -0400
From: jackiej <jackiej@usit.net>
To: Masinaigan@aol.com
Subject: meteorite in Russia

This is from CNN interactive for Sunday, June 28.  Have you any other
information about this meteorite?  I was unable to find any other post
about it.  Thanks for your fine Web site.  Jackie Jernigan

http://customnews.cnn.com/cnews/pna.show_story?p_art_id=2689926&p_section_name
=&p_art_type=786831&p_subcat=Astronomy+%26+Space&p_category=Sciences


Sciences:Astronomy & Space
Turkmens Want to Name
Meteorite after Leader

Reuters
28-JUN-98

ASHGABAT, June 28 (Reuters) - Scientists in Turkmenistan have
asked President Saparmurat Niyazov, focus of a flourishing
personality cult in the former Soviet state, to give his name to
a large meteorite, an official newspaper said on Sunday.

The Neitralny Turkmenistan daily, quoting the official Turkmen
Press news agency, said a large conic meteorite weighing some
300 kg (670 lbs) had landed in northern Turkmenistan on June 20.

``Noting the fact that the meteorite fell onto Turkmen land on
the eve of the sixth anniversary of Saparmurat Niyazov's
election as president, scientists have asked the head of state
to name the celestial body Turkmenbashi,'' it said.

Turkmenbashi (Head of the Turkmen) is the official title of
Niyazov, the Central Asian republic's leader since Soviet times
who was elected president on June had chosen Niyazov. There were
no other candidates running for president.

Towns, villages, military units, factories and a sea gulf in the
desert state of four million people have already been named
after Turkmenbashi, whose portraits or statues can be seen on
nearly every street corner throughout the country.

The request to confer Niyazov's name on a meteorite appears to
be the first of its kind."

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