First fragments of the meteor that exploded 30 miles over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk on February 15th: the Expedition of the Meteorite Committee of Russian Academy of Sciences (KMET RAN) collected these meteorite samples from Chebarkul Lake near Chelyabinsk, and more continue to be recovered (image credit: Laboratory of Meteoritics, Vernadsky Institute).
magicaldinasoursofdoom, The Chelyabinsk meteorite(s) most definitely hit the Earth. Pieces of it got blown off in a massive air burst (more powerful than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima) but this didn’t manage to vaporize the meteorite.
Parts of it were given out as trophies to Olympians (as the Olympics were being hosted in Russia later that year). Locals found pieces all over the place.
Here’s an image of an impact crater made on the frozen lake Chebarkul:
and by chance below this hole on the lake bed there was a huge meteorite: