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    NWA 8586 Lunar Meteorite - Complete Slice of a Moon Rock
    Lunar Meteorite - feldspathic breccia
    Sahara Desert, Mauritania

    The Moon is among the rarest naturally occurring substances on Earth. There are less than 300 kilograms of lunar meteorites known to exist, and a significant fraction is controlled by government institutions. Less than 0.1 percent of all meteorites are lunar in origin. While Apollo astronauts returned with 400 kilograms of Moon rocks, not one milligram is available to the private collector. The amount of the Moon available to the private sector is so modest that it might fill two oversized suitcases. Moon rocks are identified by specific textural, mineralogical, chemical and radiation signatures. Many of the common minerals found on Earth's surface are rare on the Moon, and some lunar minerals are unknown on Earth. In addition, Moon rocks contain gases with isotope ratios that are different than the same gasses found on Earth. This complete slice is from the 8,586th meteorite to be classified following its recovery from the North West African grid of the Sahara Desert. This is a fragmental breccia consisting of angular clasts in a fine grained matrix. Minerals include Olivine, Augite, Diopside, Anorthite, Ilmenite, Troilite, and rare Kamacite and Taenite - the last three of which are from an Iron meteorite which previously slammed into the Moon, and possibly the same material that jettisoned this Moon rock off the lunar surface. When asteroids strike the Moon's surface, chunks of the Moon are launched into space in much the same way that dust is launched into the air when a child dives onto a bed. One merely needs to view the craters of the Moon to appreciate the number of asteroid impacts that could have provided sufficient energy to overcome the Moon's gravitational influence launching material into space. This is a select complete slice of the Moon. The scientific abstract from the Meteoritical Bulletin which documents NWA 6950's lunar origins was authored by Dr. Anthony Irving, one of the world's foremost meteorite classification experts.
    Overall Measurements: 3 x 2.25 x 0.1 inches (7.62 x 5.71 x 0.25 cm), weighs 25.62 grams

    [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]


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    November, 2017
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