Video of the rock falling past Anders Helstrup. The rock falls at the 2:51 mark.
I never imagined the mystery of the falling meteoroid and Norwegian skydiver would be solved so quickly. But it appears we have an answer. While some may still doubt the conclusion, many will agree it’s the most likely scenario: skydiver Anders Helstrup accidentally packed a pebble into his parachute after an earlier dive. Somehow it escaped his attention.
That’s the conclusion of Steinar Midtskogen, one of the people who helped make the video. In his blog post published today April 8 he writes:
“We think we can reconstruct what happened: A pebble, a few cm in size at most, was accidentally caught inside the parachute at the landing site after the previous jump. Then the parachute was packed on a clean floor and the pebble was not noticed.”
Midtskogen and those involved may be disappointed it didn’t turn out to be a meteorite, but they’re happy a reasonable explanation was found thanks to their crowd sourcing efforts. Please check out Steinar’s blog for complete details.
I have to admit I hoped it was a meteorite, but I’ll take the truth over a wish anytime.