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This rock apparently took a long trip through space to spend 30-years propping open a door in MI.

"For 18 years, the answer has been categorically 'no, '" she said.

The man, who has asked to remain anonymous, knew the 22-pound rock came from outer space ever since he bought the house in 1988.

"I could tell right away that this was something special", she said, noting that it's the sixth-largest meteorite found in MI. They say it's worth around $100,000, and is the sixth largest meteorite found in MI. "It's the most valuable specimen I have ever held in my life, monetarily and scientifically".

To be sure about what did she find there, Mona Sirbescu sent the space rock to the Smithsonian Institution for a second opinion.

He asked the then homeowner about it and was told it was a meteorite found on the property in the 1930s. The farmer told Mazurek that he and his father watched the chunk of rock slam into their property one night and picked it up the next day, when it was still warm to the touch.

Opportunity came knocking this year when he learned about MI residents finding and selling pieces of meteorites.

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When the new owner moved after a few years, he took the mystery rock, which he has kept as a doorstop and a show-and-tell item for his kids in school.

"Just think, what I was holding is a piece of the early solar system that literally fell into our hands", she said. "I wonder how much mine is worth'".

The man contacted Sirbescu, who identified the rock as a meteorite composed of about 88 percent iron and 12 percent nickel.

More tests are being conducted to see if the meteorite contains rare elements.

In January, the man chose to learn once and for all about the value of the doorstep. The Smithsonian is considering purchasing the meteorite.

He has agreed to donate 10 percent of the meteorite's sale price to Central Michigan University to go toward the studies of earth and atmospheric sciences, when and if it sells.


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