Man-Made Meteorites

A study case on man-made meteorites
Germany/Chile 2016
(in progress)

A collaboration with astronomers and geologists that aims at tracking, mapping and creating an account on “man-made meteorites”, based on obsolete telescopes, craters, found objects and technological waste.

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0. Mobile Antenna (prototype for MBC). Photo: Barrie Eyre.
1. Technical drawing of the 25m Stockert Radio telescope. Photo: Richard Wielebinski.
2. ­Radom Wachtberg FGAN Radar, the biggest radar instrumentation in the world and the only complex in Europe dedicated to study space debris. Photo: Volker Lannert.
3. Cosmos 225 collision orbital debris dispersion (visualisation). Image source:
4. Space debris impact on Earth (location not specified). Source: U.S Air Force.
5. Space debris impact on Space Shuttle window. Source: Wikipedia.
6. Distribution of the craters discovered in 1956 in the Atacama desert (graphic). Source: Thomas N., A. (1968): Vorläufige Mitteilung über einen Meteoritenregen an der Quillagua-Oase, Provinz Antofagasta, Chile. – International Journal of Earth Sciences (formerly Geologische Rundschau), 58.
7. Location of the so called “Space Cemetery” in the Pacific ocean. Source: Wikipedia.
8. Photography of the biggest crater (280 meters of diameter) in the crater field located an the “Meteor Valley”, Atacama desert, 2015. Foto: Elisa Balmaceda.
9. Satellite view of three craters of the crater field in the Atacama desert. Source: Google Earth.
10. Screen-shot from the live-streaming of a webcam that shows the current status of the Stockert Radio Telescope in the Eifel, Germany. Source:
11. The popular photography of “the Earth rising over the moon”, taken from the Apollo 11 spacecraft in 1969. Source: NASA.
12. The European Space Agency’s Jules Verne Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) entering the Earth’s atmosphere Source: NASA.
13. Space Debris falling in the sky. Photo: NASA
14. A man-made meteorite. Source:
15. The “Astropeiler” Stockert radio telescope in the Eifel. Nordrhein-Westphalia, Germany. Photo: Elisa Balmaceda.
16. Space Junk raining down on Siberia. Source:
17. Orbital space debris visualization (graphic). Photo: NASA
18. Screenshot of a space debris visualization software at the FGAN Radar at the Radom Wachtberg. Source:
19. A recent aerial photograph of the Stockert Radio Telescope. Photo: Robert Spieß.
20. Map tracking small Asteroids that disintegrated in Earth’s Atmosphere between the years 1994 and 2013 (Graphic). Source: NASA.