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Last Updated: Friday June 12 2009 17:13 GMT

Boy hit by meteorite from space

Gerrit Blank shows of the meteorite

A 14-year-old boy from Germany has survived being hit by a meteorite from space travelling at 30,000mph.

Gerrit Blank was walking to his school in Germany when the rock flew past, grazing his hand and leaving a smoking crater in the ground.

Gerrit was left with just a small scar. Scientists are now studying the object which is the size of a pea.

Hundreds of meteorites land on Earth every year but it's INCREDIBLY rare for anyone to be hit by one.

The scar from the meteorite
A scar shows where the meteorite hit Gerrit

Most rocks heading towards the Earth burn up in the atmosphere.

The one that hit Gerrit would have been a lot larger, but it would have crumbled into pieces before hitting the ground.

Only one other person has survived a meteor strike. In 1954, a rock the size of a grapefruit crashed through the roof of a house in America.

It bounced off furniture and landed on a sleeping woman.