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Meteorite leaves mark at CMU

Owner makes donation to earth and atmospheric sciences department after sale

| Author: Gary H. Piatek | Media Contact:

The final piece of the Edmore meteorite saga has landed.

David Mazurek, who owned the "rock" for years and used it as a doorstop before asking Central Michigan University geology faculty member Mona Sirbescu to find its true identity, has brought the story to closure.

He had promised Sirbescu that if he ever sold the meteorite he would donate 10 percent of the earnings to the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences in the College of Science and Engineering.

He sold it for $75,000 in April to Michigan State University's Abrams Planetarium through a donor. In July, Sirbescu received Mazurek's check to EAS for $7,500, which is dedicated to support undergraduate student research projects. It will be put into a special account that includes donations from other meteorite enthusiasts, she said

"It is a happy ending to the Edmore meteorite saga and a happy beginning for a student research scholarship for EAS," she said.