The meteorite is the largest space rock ever discovered in Brazil.
Among the space rocks that survived the blaze is the Bendegó meteorite, which is the largest meteorite ever found on Brazilian soil.
The iron-nickel meteorite is one of about a dozen meteorites housed at the museum.
Discovered by a cattle farmer near the town of Monte Santo in the Brazilian state of Bahia in 1784, the Bendegó meteorite weighs about 11,600 lbs.
At the time of the object's discovery, it was the second-largest meteorite ever found.
An artist's illustration depicts the transportation of the Bendegó meteorite from the Brazilian town of Monte Santo to Rio de Janeiro in 1784.
The Bendegó meteorite sits on display inside the entrance of the National Museum of Brazil. »