WITH a machete at his throat and a gun at his head, Mike Farmer noticed the kid holding the firearm was shaking – they were scared, and that made the situation even more dangerous. “I was just thinking: ‘I’m glad my wife stayed at the hotel today – this sucks, I’m actually going to die here’,” Mike tells The Sun. It was 2011 in Kenya and he’d been beaten, abducted and driven into the jungle by thieves who knew he had cash – lots of it. That’s because Mike, 48, is a meteorite hunter from Tucson, Arizona. He sells his extraterrestrial minerals to amateur astronomers and billionaire businessmen alike, all of whom want to get their hands on a tangible emissary from outer space. A fireball over the skies of Britain last Sunday alone could have scattered thousands of rocks in the fields below. And while the financial and scientific rewards in finding meteorites are great, so are the risks – but Mike lives for the thrill of the chase. “I see myself as like Indiana Jones, running through the jungle, grabbing the treasure and trying to escape,” Mike says. Million-dollar missions When Mike first told his wife, Melody, he… Read full this story
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