Extracting the meteorite was therefore not going to be easy. What’s more, because of the shallow water table in the area, groundwater quickly flooded the excavation site and threatened to fully submerge the out-of-this-world discovery.
In fact, it was only when officials from Gancedo, a nearby town, lent the research team machinery that the meteorite could be pulled from its millennia-old resting place. The grateful scientists subsequently named the meteorite “Gancedo.”
When they finally weighed it, the scientists were astonished to discover that Gancedo’s mass was around 33 tons. “While we hoped for weights above what had been registered, we did not expect it to exceed 30 tons,” Vesconi explained to the Xinhua news agency.