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The Perils of Meteorite Hunting

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Hunting meteorites is no easy job and requires a special kind of person.

Meteorites can fetch big dollars on the auction block, making finding them a lucrative option for pulling in some cash.

Hunting them, however, is no easy job and requires a special kind of person.

Two such individuals are Robert Ward and Michael Farmer, whose discoveries can easily sell for 45 thousand dollars a rock, sight unseen.

Of course, that is if they can avoid being handcuffed, carted off in the back of a truck, and serving prison time in the process of getting one.

That’s what happened on their recent meteorite mission to an Omani desert in the Arabian Peninsula.

After serving 54 days, they were excused from the charges of illegal mining and sent home.

The pair reportedly had no idea they were breaking any meteorite hunting laws, and Oman has not been clear on the subject either.

So, with all that risk why do it?

Meteorites have become big business, as their popularity is building outside of the museum and research-facility circuit.

Private collectors wanting to get their hands on a piece of something older than Earth itself are helping drive up prices for all, leaving a Canadian museum paying 600 thousand dollars for a prime specimen.

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