Josua Hutagalung, 33, an Indonesian coffin maker, has become a millionaire overnight. A meteorite worth $1.85 million crashed through his roof and landed in his yard. According to scientists, this 4.5 billion-year-old space rock is one of the most significant astronomical finds ever. The experts say that it could contain elements that give clues to the origins of life.
When the meteorite fell, Josua was working on a coffin. The sound of the stone crashing through his roof startled him. He never knew that Lady Luck smiled on him that day. Josua Hutagalung said: “I was working on a coffin near the street in front of my house when I heard a booming sound that made my house shake. It was as if a tree had fallen on us. It was too hot to pick up, so my wife dug it out with a hoe, and we took it inside.”
The kind-hearted dad-of-three pledged to use some of the money to build a church for his community. He said: “I have also always wanted a daughter, and I hope this is a sign that I will be lucky enough now to have one.” Space rock expert Jared Collins was dispatched from his home in Bali to secure the meteorite. He said: “My phone lit up with crazy offers for me to jump on a plane and buy the meteorite. I carried as much money as I could muster and went to find Josua, who turned out to be a canny negotiator.”
Collins took the meteorite to America, where an American collector bought it. The collector stores the meteorite in liquid nitrogen at the Centre for Meteorite Studies at Arizona State University. The meteorite is classified as CM1/2 carbonaceous Chondrite. It’s a scarce variety that scientists believe contains unique amino acids and other primordial elements necessary to spark life itself. You can learn more about this story from the video below: