Lunar Meteorite: Meteorite Hills 01210

Transantarctic Mountains, Antarctica

Meteorite Hills 01210 in the field (23 g). Photo credit: NASA/JSC

Two sides of NET 01210. Photo credit: NASA/JSC

Lab samples of MET 01210. Photo credit: Randy Korotev

From The Meteoritical Bulletin, No. 88

Classification from Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter, Vol. 27, No. 1, 2004

Meteorite Hills 01210 (MET 01210)

Dimensions (cm): 4.0×2.2×1.7
Found: 2001 December 23
Mass: 22.83 g (1 piece)

Lunar-Anorthositic Breccia

Macroscopic Description: Cecilia Satterwhite. 30% of this meteorite’s exterior has brown/black fusion crust with some oxidation. The interior is a light gray matrix with abundant clasts. Minor weathering is visible. Gray, white and cream colored inclusions are visible on the exterior and interior.

Thin Section (,2) Description: Tim McCoy, Linda Welzenbach. The section shows a groundmass of comminuted pyroxene (up to 3 mm) and plagioclase with fine- to coarse-grained basaltic clasts ranging up to 1 mm. Most of the pyroxene is augite with compositions ranging from Fs37-84Wo13-36 (Fe/Mn ~ 70), and plagioclase An90-96. The meteorite is lunar, probably an anorthositic regolith breccia.

Randy Says…

Although classified as an anorthositic breccia, the meteorite is a breccia composed mainly of mare basalt, but with some anorthositic material (the white clasts in the photos above). I’d call it a basaltic breccia (16% FeO). Although a breccia, it is probably launch paired with with basalts Asuka 881757, Yamato 793169, and MIL 05035 (Korotev et al., 2003).

More Information

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MET 01210

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References

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