Lunar meteorite: Bechar 007
- Brand: Argelia
- Product Code: MT005
- Availability: In Stock
Type............... Lunar meteorite, feldspathic breccia.
Found.............2022 March 24.
Measures: 4,4 cm x 3 cm
Many small stones were found
together in Algeria on March 24, 2022, with a total mass of 1084 g, lacking a
fusion crust, and have eroded light brown exteriors. The interiors are gray with
small diffuse white clasts and few and visible minute metal grains. These
pieces show some heterogeneity in their composition, but all contain calcium
plagioclase clasts, mainly anorthite, olivine, pyroxene with low Ca content,
and augite within a very fine-grained, sparsely microvesicular matrix
containing Tichromite, troilite, kamacite, and baryte.
Lunar meteorites are rocks found
on Earth having been ejected from the Moon by the impact of an asteroidal
meteor or possibly a comet on its surface, they remain in space for a long
time, but sometimes they cross Earth's orbit and end up crashing, even after
millions of years.
These meteorites are known to be
from the Moon because lunar rocks were collected and brought to Earth on the
Lunar meteorites are the only
rocks on the Moon that can be legally bought or sold from an individual.
All the rocks obtained in the
Apollo missions are considered the property of Humanity and for the benefit of
Science, so their private possession is illegal, in addition to their sale and
purchase. The small samples of lunar rocks obtained by the Russian Luna 16
probe are also not available to the general public.