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    NWA 6950 - FROM THE DARK LUNAR BASALTIC PLAINS, AN EXOTIC SAMPLE OF THE MOON.
    Lunar Mare - olivine gabbro
    Sahara Desert at the Mali/Algeria Border

    This slice of the Moon was removed from the previous lot with the aid of a saw that uses 0.2mm (0.008 inch) diamond wire. While lunar specimens are exceedingly rare (there are only 77 distinct lunar meteorites known to exist from the approximate 52,000 meteorites documented), the current offering is rarer still as it is grouped in the second smallest category of lunar meteorites: the mare basalts. Lunar specimens are identified by specific geological, mineralogical, chemical and radiation signatures, and the scientific abstract describing such specifics of the current offering accompanies this lot - a sample of the most celebrated object in the night sky: the Moon. And more specifically, as this is a mare basalt, it originates from the more darkly shaded basaltic plains of the Moon that can be distinguished with a quick glance. 65 x 35 x 2mm (2.5 x 1.33 x 0.1 inches) and 6.589 grams.


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    May, 2012
    20th Sunday
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