Space rocks impacted this Costa Rican village in more ways than one

Space rocks impacted this Costa Rican village in more ways than one

There are treasures buried underground, like gold, silver, and diamonds–and then there is manna from heaven. Last year, a meteorite impact in Costa Rica stirred up a frenzied hunt for the precious fragments and attracted collectors from around the world. The meteorite—a rare type known as a carbonaceous chondrite—may contain complex organic molecules that gave life on Earth a headstart. To understand why, one must consider the epic journey that the meteorite, called Aguas Zarcas, took before arriving at its final destination.

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Credits

PRODUCER/EDITOR
Joel Goldberg

STORY BY
Joshua Sokol

ORIGINAL GRAPHICS

Val Altounian

COSTA RICA PHOTOGRAPHY

Andrea Solano Benavides

SPECIAL THANKS
Meagan Cantwell

Eric Hand

Philipp Heck
Andrea Solano Benavides

IMAGES
Australia Post

Euan Garvie

Google Search
Grupo Nación

Laurence Garvie/Center for Meteorite Studies/
Arizona State University

Field Museum

Gillick Family

Michael Farmer
Yoshihiro Furukawa

Philipp Heck

H. Imachi/M.K. Nobu/JAMSTEC

Mattinbgn/Wikimedia Commons

Money Metals/Flickr

Museums Victoria
NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)

NASA/Scientific Visualization Studio

Bill Saxton/NSF/AUI/NRAO

Marie-Lan Taÿ Pamart/Wikimedia Commons

United States Department of Energy

Ancheta Wis/Wikimedia Commons

FOOTAGE

Field Museum

ISAS/JAXA

Amina Khan/NSF

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center(GSFC)/
National Center for Supercomputing Applications
NASA/GSFC/Conceptual Image Lab

NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC)

NASA/Scientific Visualization Studio

Red Sismológica Nacional, Costa Rica

Xin Yang/Field Museum

STOCK FOOTAGE
Pond5

MUSIC

“Jingleheimer” by Chris Burns
“Space Babiez” by Chris Burns
“Squeaky Pete” by Chris Burns
“Sleepy West” by JHS Pedals