About 800 000 years ago a large meteorite ploughed into South East Asia. The impact splashed molten glass over the region, including Australia. These glassy blobs, called tektites, were shaped by their rapid flight through the atmosphere. Tektites are associated with impact craters in four distinct regions of the world.

Australites formed by the South East Asia impact rained down like hailstones across Australia. Some australites from Port Campbell in Victoria have perfect button shapes. Because these survived a long journey through the atmosphere, NASA used their aerodynamic shape to design the re-entry vehicles for the Apollo missions.


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