Throughout history, many people have sought and utilized meteorite fragments for harpoon blades, domestic tools, and export, according to Holger Pedersen, an astronomer and guest researcher at the Niels Bohr Institute for Astronomy, Physics, and Geophysics in Copenhagen, Denmark, who has participated in many expeditions to find meteorites.

But Pedersen and several other scientists are searching for evidence of one particular bolide fall over Greenland last December 9 not for its utilitarian or trade value, but to catch a glimpse of its short-lived isotopes and perhaps its origin, and to confirm its path through the Solar System.