The Peekskill Meteorite Car

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The Peekskill Meteorite Car is the red 1980 Chevrolet Malibu struck by the Peekskill meteorite on October 9, 1992.[1] Known simply as 'Peekskill' in scientific parlance, the meteorite is among the most famous falls on record: a record sixteen separate video recordings document its fall through the Earth’s atmosphere, whereupon it struck the parked Malibu in Peekskill, New York, at approximately 7:50 pm EDT.


After having been slowed by the Earth's atmosphere, the meteorite was traveling at approximately 164 miles per hour at impact. Peekskill smashed through the Malibu’s trunk and narrowly missed the gas tank, finally coming to rest in an impact pit beneath the car. Eighteen-year old Michelle Knapp, the car’s owner, heard the collision from inside her home. She later described the sound as “like a three-car crash”. Hurrying outside to investigate the noise, Knapp found her car smashed and the 26-pound meteorite, still warm and smelling of sulfur, beneath it.[2]

Knapp had just purchased the car for $300. Immediately following the extraterrestrial impact, it was sold to Iris Lang, wife of renowned meteorite collector and dealer Al Lang, for $10,000.[3] Since then, it has been on display in numerous museums throughout the world, including New York City’s American Museum of Natural History and France’s National Museum of Natural History.[4]

The red Malibu, the most renowned object clipped by a meteorite,[5] is now owned by the Macovich Collection in New York City, as is the largest remaining specimen of the Peekskill meteorite.[6]

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  1. ^ Langheinrich, R.A. "The Peekskill Meteorite Car". 
  2. ^ Norton, O. Richard (1994). Rocks From Space. Missoula, Montana: Mountain Press Publishing Company. 
  3. ^ Norton, O. Richard. Rocks from Space. 
  4. ^ "Meteorite People". Meteorite Times Magazine. 
  5. ^ "Peekskill Meteorite: Top 10 Meteorites". Discovery. 
  6. ^ "The Macovich Collection".