Lot 4001: NWA 8022 Lunar Meteorite Slice

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2018-10-11 08:57:11

Lot 4001

Exquisite Northwest Africa (NWA) 8022 lunar meteorite slice, comprised of lunar feldspathic breccia. The full slice weighs 30.2 grams and measures approximately 103 mm x 95 mm x 2 mm. It takes an extraordinary event for us here on earth to own a piece of the moon. It is illegal to own any sample of lunar material collected by the Apollo missions to the moon. So how do we have lunar material available so the private sector can acquire samples? A meteorite has to impact the moon with enough force to eject material into space, those fragments must then find their way to earth, survive entry through our atmosphere, and land in a location where someone can find it. The odds are overwhelmingly against that chain of events occurring. Only one 1,226 gram stone of this noteworthy material was found. Lunar meteorites arrive on our planet after material is ejected from the surface of the moon during a impact (by a meteorite!). The surface of the moon is covered in a layer of fragmented and unconsolidated material, or regolith, formed during meteorite impacts. NWA 8022 is composed of fused feldspathic pieces of this regolith. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by Geoff Notkin of Aerolite Meteorites Inc. and the TV show Meteorite Men, as well as a specimen identification card.

Estimate: $12000-$14000

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