Originally posted on National Post | News:
One day long ago, a meteor streaked through the sky over central Yukon, coming to rest in a creek bed about 50 km outside the town of Mayo. Made mostly of nickel and iron, with a distinctive vein of troilite, it lay there undisturbed until the summer of 1986, when it turned up in the sluice box of Daniel Sabo, a miner who worked the creek for precious metals.
At the conclusion of an epic court battle that featured dramatic claims about a devious geologist, extraterrestrial life, government conspiracy and the black market in space rocks, the Geological Survey of Canada has been ordered to pay Mr. Sabo $1,000 for failing to return a piece it cut off his meteorite for testing — the very piece Mr. Sabo believes contained living organisms.
As the Court of Appeal for Yukon put it in their new ruling, “There is no dispute that the ‘meteorite’ did develop a green colouration. The only material dispute about the green colouration is whether its origin was extraterrestrial, as Mr. Sabo contended, or terrestrial.”