Lunar meteorite DAG 262

Lunar meteorite DAG 262

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Credit: DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Lunar meteorite DAG 262 (Dar al Gani 262) from Al Juhfra, in the Libyan Sahara. This meteorite was originally part of the Moon, being ejected into space by an impact on the Moon's surface. It then partially burnt up in the Earth's atmosphere before reaching the ground. The original meteorite, a 513-gram stone, was found on 23 March 1997. Analysis has shown it consists of anorthositic breccia, crystalline impact melt breccia, and glass fragments and spherules. Studying moon rock helps reveal the conditions present in the early solar system when the Moon and Earth were forming. This fragment of the meteorite is 7 centimetres wide.

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