Lunar Meteorite: Asuka 881757

Asuka 881757 is a “mare basalt” that is so coarse-grained that it is gabbro. Photo credit: Yanai, 2003
Another view of Asuka 881757. Photo credit: Randy Korotev
Photomicrograph of a thin section of Asuka 881757 showing mainly plagioclase (white) and pyroxene (pyroxenes) and a small amount of ilmenite (black). Compare with MIL 05035. The field of view is 9 mm wide. Photo credit: Yanai, 2003

Asuka 881757

Sør Rondane Mountains Antarctica
Find: 1989 January 13
Mass: 442.0 g (1 piece)

Classification: Lunar gabbro

Specimens: National Institute of Polar Research, Japan

Randy Says…

Asuka 881757 is compositionally and mineralogically similar to Yamato 793169,  MIL 05035, and Ramlat Fasad 532 (Oman). All four were likely launched from the same crater on the Moon, probably along with breccia MET 01210.

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