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.
Northwest Africa 6950 is the 6,950th meteorite to be classified from the arid deserts regions of the Sahara Desert. The total known weight of this spectacular meteorite is 1,649 grams, one single yellowish-green stone partially covered in fusion crust. This piece has shock veins, which are caused by impacts which produce pressure, which heats, melts, and deforms the rock.
Lunar, Feldspathic Breccia, Found in Northwest Africa 2013
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. We have just a small amount of this material, however, what we have is some of the largest lunar slices we have seen. Photo credit Sean Parker Photography.
Lunar, Found in Northwest Africa, 2013
The NWA 8277 was a small single stone weighing only 773 grams, a breccia with distinct clasts and multiple lithologies. We are fortunate to have a few slices of this rare material available.
Lunar, Troctolite, Found in Northwest Africa, 2014
Five smooth pieces of this amazing troctolite — with zero fusion crust — were all of this rare material that was found! Take home a piece from our nearest celestial neighbor.
Lunar, Found in Northwest Africa, 2015
Only three similar stones were found, totaling just 1,279.3 grams. It is paired with NWA 5744 for texture and mineralogical similarities. This brilliant whole stone would be the centerpiece to any collection!
Lunar, Found in Northwest Africa, 2015
This amazing lunar meteorite traveled at least 238,900 miles from the Moon to Earth, survived its fiery journey through our atmosphere where it was super-heated several thousand degrees, and landed near the border between Mali and Mauritania. It was then sent to a team of academia to be studied, given an official name, and recognized as originating from the Moon. Incredible!
Lunar, Feldspathic breccia, Found in Morocco, 2015
Only 15.6 kilograms exists of this extremely rare Lunar meteorite. These slices are beautifully prepared to display an interior rich in metal flecks floating in a dark matrix. The exterior shows a number of distinctive regmaglypts and remnant fusion crust.
Lunar, feldspathic breccia, Found in Northwest Africa, 2017
A single stone weighing of 60 grams was found in the arid desert region of Northwest Africa and was hand carried to the Tucson Gem and Mineral show in February, 2017 where famed meteorite hunter Ruben Garcia purchased it and sent it away to the the Institute of Meteoritics University of New Mexico for testing. It has been officially classified as lunar feldspathic breccia. It is only one of three know lunar meteorites with a negative Ce (cerium) anomaly.
The Aerolite Meteorites official photographer amusingly alludes to this fantastic lunar meteorite as the “dark side of the Moon.” It is perhaps the most strikingly unique lunar meteorite that has ever been in our hands. With several inclusions of varying size among a dark groundmass, this brecciated wonder from the surface of the Moon will provide the greatest bang for your buck. Whether it’s the weight of the individual whole stones or illustrious, mirror-polished faces of our full slices and end cuts, this actual piece of the Moon is certain to be the centerpiece of your collection. The classification is currently pending, the name is provisional.