A new expedition has headed from Krasnoyarsk to Evenkia (central part of the vast Krasnoyarsk territory) to see into the real nature of the phenomenon widely known as the Tunguska meteorite.
Researchers will seek material evidence denying the main version of the century-old events. According to this version, a huge meteorite fell down in the taiga on June 30, 1908.
"We intend to find proofs that not a meteorite but an extraterrestrial spaceship clashed with the Earth," expedition chief Yuri Labvin, heading the Tunguska Space Phenomenon public foundation, told journalists.
Using metal detectors, 14 members of the expeditions want to examine the taiga near Poligus township and the Stony Tunguska River.
The search area is located 500 km to the west of the site where previous expeditions were looking for the meteorite's remains.
According to Mr. Labvin, space photographs of this region show the presence of metallic debris, which can be related to a technogenic catastrophe, which occurred here 100 years ago.
The expedition will return to Krasnoyarsk on August 5.