Meteorites have a long history on Earth.
It has been suggested that the sacred Muslim Kaaba stone in Mecca is a large meteorite, and that in one temple dedicated to the Roman goddess Diana, a meteorite was worshiped.
In the epic poem the Iliad, an iron meteorite is a trophy for the winner of a hero’s funeral games.
Ancient civilizations, such as those of the Sumerians and the Hittites, used meteoric stone for weapons and tools.
Since meteorites often contain iron and nickel, they made stronger, more durable instruments than earthen rock. Meteorites were treasured as fire from heaven or gifts of the gods.
The largest meteorite to have been discovered is in southwest Africa. The Hoba is a mass of iron weighing 66 tons (66,000 kilograms) and measuring about 9 feet (2.8 meters) across. Many samples of meteorites are displayed in museums worldwide.
The 34-ton (31metric-ton) meteorite Ahnighito fell in Greenland some 10,000 years ago and, before being sold to New York’s American Museum of Natural History in 1897, supplied Greenlanders with material for knives and harpoon tips.
You can visit Meteor Crater in Arizona to see for yourself where a 60,000-ton (60,000,000- kilogram) meteorite hit Earth 20,000 years ago.