This meteorite display features an authentic sample of lunar meteorite (Moon Rock) that was recovered from the Saharan Desert and analyzed by scientists of the Meteoritical Society to verify it's lunar origin. These new displays have a smaller box and different artwork than my usual displays. I only have a limited amount of this compact displays - 10 total will be made available. After the 10 are sold, this design will be retired.
The meteorite sample is a small fragment that was collected during the cutting of a large specimen of the meteorite. The fragment is placed inside a handsome display box that has a black pebblegrain finish and a glass viewing window. The specimen is set against a photo of an astronaut on the lunar surface. This display would make the ideal gift for someone who has everything. This would also make a fine outreach or educational prop and it would look great on display in the office or observatory.
Refer to the photo. The black centimeter cube is shown for scale and is not included. You get a display like the one shown. Each meteorite sample fragment is unique and may vary in appearance slightly. The display box measures approx. 4 inches by 3 inches. (3.25 inches long x 2.5 inches wide).
Your purchase will come with a data sheet that has information about the meteorite sample in your display.
From the Meteoritical Bulletin entry for NWA 10203 :
Northwest Africa 10203 (NWA 10203)
Classification: Lunar meteorite
History: Purchased by Aziz Habibi in 2015; reportedly found in near the border between Mauritania and Mali.
Physical characteristics: Twenty-seven identically appearing pieces reportedly found together. Irregular exterior, no fusion crust. A saw cut reveals a polymict breccia with numerous fragmental light and dark clasts.
Petrography: (C. Agee, UNM) This polymict breccia has at least four distinct lithologies. 1) unbrecciated olivine gabbro with zoned clinopyroxene (~75%), acicular, plumose plagioclase (~15%), olivine (~5%), and minor titanomagnetite; 2) fragmental anorthositic gabbro breccia with ~75% plagioclase; 3) fragmental gabbroic breccia with approximately equal proportions of plagioclase, pyroxene and olivine; 4) shock melt veins and pools, some of which are vesicular. Accessory FeNi-metal, silica, ilmenite, troilite, chromite, and phosphate were observed in the fragmental breccias.
Classification: Lunar (polymict breccia)