A Partial Slice of a Lunar Meteorite (NWA 5000)
Discovered in Morocco, 2007
This is a fine rectangular partial slice of the Moon from one of the lunar meteorites held in most esteem by both the research and collecting communities. Featuring igneous material from the lunar highlands.
1¾ x 1½in. (4.1 x 3cm.)
Christie's would like to thank Dr. Alan E. Rubin at the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, University of California, Los Angeles for his assistance in preparing this catalogue note.
From a Private Collection
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The formal name for this meteorite is NWA 5000 and it refers to the single, roughly cubic-shaped lunar meteorite weighing 11.528 kg, found in southern Morocco in 2007. It is a beautiful breccia made up of coarse-grained fragments (with shock-injected veins of silicate melt) and small black glassy fragments composed of impact melt. The rock has a two-toned appearance. Its brecciated nature attests to the impact-mixing of different kinds of materials at the lunar surface. This is the second-largest lunar meteorite in the world’s collections; it is the largest lunar meteorite that consists mainly of igneous rocks from the lunar highlands (the highly cratered, light-colored regions of the Moon).
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