Conversely, there have been a couple of cool things from space that have benefited fictional mankind, such as Kal-El (Superman) and Captain America's shield (the round one) that is made from Vibranium which is only found in the Black Panther's homeland of Wakanda after a meteor flew to the ground as a meteorite.
|Blurry photo taken from http://nerdist.com|
On a lighter side, a Japanese swordsmith has crafted a katana from a smelted down meteorite.
Color me impressed.
Not only did he have to get his hands on an actual meteorite-- in this case a piece of the famous "in rock hunting parlance" Gibeon meteorite, an iron meteorite that fell to Earth near the town of Gibeon, Namibia back in prehistoric times, but was only discovered in 1838.
The original meteorite weighed an impressive 26,000 kilograms (57,320 lbs), and somehow swordsmith Yoshiwara Yoshindo (surname first— see top image - if this is YOUR photo, let me know and I'll provide credit - it's a good photo!, so no pithy comments from me.) not only got his hands on a chunk of it, but probably paid a pretty yen for it.
|Another blurry photo from http://nerdist.com. Phhht... camera phone? I hope. Otherwise it's time for an eye check-up.|
Now, you can see from the photos, that the iron rock and the sword look like they are two different materials - but, duh... heat, polishing... plus, that meteorite - back when it was a meteor flying through space never doing no harm... it would probably have been a silver color like the sword is now, but thanks to the extreme heat of crashing through Earth's atmosphere back when dinosaurs walked the Earth, the rock's outer-most elements melted and fused to create regmaglypts. Regmaglypts are thumbprint-like impressions on the surface of larger meteorites that are formed by melting and fusing of material from the surface as a meteor passes through the Earth's atmosphere.
Now, despite my doom and gloom forecast regarding alien rocks earlier, you should know that making weapons of mass destruction from alien terrain isn't new - even in REAL life.
I'm sure it has occurred before... I just can't prove it. Perhaps one of you can offer conclusive evidence?