Space is the next frontier which would explain why we’re all so curious about what exactly is out there because nobody really knows. Yes, we know that there must be some kind of life besides us but what does that look like? Maybe one day this question will be answered but for now we know that some pieces of the universe do end up on Earth and they have given us some pretty interesting clues to what is out there.
Telescopes like the Hubble and the Rover missions to Mars and other planets have worked to give us a better idea of the make-up of the planets and the cosmos but meteorites themselves tell a very specific story about the universe. This is because they have traveled for thousands of years from galaxies far far away. One woman actually found herself in incredibly close quarters with a meteorite which would affect her profoundly. This is the story of Ann Hodges who lived in the state of Alabama when her world came crashing down.
Meteoroid Vs. Meteorite
In order to understand what exactly happened to Ann Hodges in 1954 we first need to know what the difference between a meteoroid is and a meteorite. According to NASA, a meteoroid is, “a small particle from a comet or asteroid orbiting the Sun.”
And a meteorite is a meteoroid that has survived entry into the Earth’s atmosphere and successfully touched down on the Earth’s surface. The main difference here is one is in space and one is now on the Earth.