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Meteorite found on chickpea field sold for $180,000

A farmer in the Central Anatolian province of Çorum has agreed to sell a 68-kg "meteorite," which he found on his field two years ago, to a buyer in the United States for $180,000.

Farmer Mutlu Yılmaz came across a large rock while planting chickpeas in his field in the village of Gerdekkaya in April 2019.

US bombs facilities in Syria used by Iran-backed militia

The United States launched airstrikes in Syria on Feb. 25, targeting facilities near the Iraqi border used by Iranian-backed militia groups. The Pentagon said the strikes were retaliation for a rocket attack in Iraq earlier this month that killed one civilian contractor and wounded a U.S. service member and other coalition troops.

NASA releases Mars landing video: 'Stuff of our dreams'

NASA on Feb. 22 released the first high-quality video of a spacecraft landing on Mars, a three-minute trailer showing the enormous orange and white parachute hurtling open and the red dust kicking up as rocket engines lowered the rover to the surface.

The footage was so good, and the images so breathtaking, that members of the rover team said they felt like they were riding along.

Turkish photographer wins int’l contest with COVID-19 photos

A Turkish photographer was announced the winner of a category of the 2020 International Photography Awards over the weekend.

Selected as the winner of the "Discovery of the Year 2020" contest F. Dilek Uyar became the "Emerging Photographer of the Year" in the contest of the California-based International Photography Awards with her work titled "In Epicenter of COVID-19."

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