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What must a meteor do in order to become a meteorite?

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11/16/2016

While in space the lump of rock or metal is called a meteoroid

When it hits the atmosphere and becomes a "shooting star" it is called a meteor.

Meteors are brief flashes of light that we see in the sky, caused by the atoms which have been excited in the air from the object's high speed

If it survives the transit through the atmosphere and hits the ground, the bit hitting the ground is called a meteorite.

So in answer to your question - to become a meteorite a meteor must survive ablation by Earth's atmosphere and hit the ground.