Moon rock in the Lunar Receiving Laboratory, 1969

Moon rock in the Lunar Receiving Laboratory, 1969

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Caption: Moon rock in the Lunar Receiving Laboratory. Researcher's gloved hand holding one of the numerous rock samples brought back to Earth from the Apollo 12 lunar landing mission. The rocks are under thorough examination in the Manned Spacecraft Center's (MSC) Lunar Receiving Laboratory (LRL). This sample is a highly shattered basaltic rock with a thin black-glass coating on five of its six sides. Glass fills fractures and cements the rock together. The rock appears to have been shattered and thrown out by a meteorite impact explosion and coated with molten rock material before the rock fell to the surface. Photographed on 29 November 1969.

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