Lunar Meteorite: Miller Range 07006

Four sides of tiny (1.4 g) Miller Range 07006. Photos credit NASA/JSC
Lab sample of MIL 07006. Photo credit: Randy Korotev

Listed in The Meteoritical Bulletin, No. 96

Classification from Antarctic Meteorite Newsletter, Vol. 31, No. 2, 2008

Miller Range 07006 (MIL 07006)

Miller Range, Transantarctic Mountains, Antarctica

Field No.: 17961
Dimensions (cm): 1.5 x 1.0 x 0.75
Mass: 1.368 g (1 piece)

Meteorite Type: Lunar Basaltic Breccia

Macroscopic Description: Kathleen McBride: The exterior has no fusion crust and consists of a black matrix with visible clasts. The interior is a black matrix with gray, tan and white clasts.

Thin Section (,3) Description: Tim McCoy, Linda Welzenbach, Cari Corrigan and Rhiannon Mayne. The section shows a groundmass of comminuted pyroxene and plagioclase (up to 0.5 mm) with fine- to coarse-grained basaltic clasts ranging up to 2.5 mm. The matrix is extremely fine-grained and shock-darkened and melted in places. The pyroxene compositions range from Fs53Wo7 to Fs28Wo41 with a range of intermediate compositions. Plagioclase is An96. Olivine is Fa41-52. This meteorite is a basaltic lunar breccia, probably a regolith breccia. Fe/Mn ratio is 38-57.

Randy Says…

Compositionally, MIL 07006 is a basalt-bearing (but not basaltic) feldspathic lunar meteorite. It is compositionally and texturally identical to Yamato 791197, collected 2500 km away on the other side of Antarctica and may be a launch pair. MIL 07006 is not paired with any of the other Miller Range lunar meteorites.

More Information

Meteoritical Bulletin Database

MIL 07006


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Joy K. H., Crawford I. A., and Snape J. F. (2010) Lunar meteorite Miller Range 07006: Petrography and VLT basalt clast inventory41st Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, abstract no. 1793.

Korotev R. L. and Zeigler R. A. (2014) Chapter 6. ANSMET Meteorites from the Moon, Thirty-five Seasons of U.S. Antarctic Meteorites (1976–2010): A Pictorial Guide to the Collection (editors K. Righter, R. P. Harvey, C. M. Corrigan, and T. J. McCoy), 101–130, Special Publications 68,

Korotev R. L., Zeigler R. A., Irving A. J., and Bunch T. E. (2009) Keeping up with the Lunar Meteorites – 200940th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, abstract no. 1137.

Korotev R. L., Jolliff B. L., and Zeigler R. A. (2010) On the origin of the moon’s feldspathic highlands, pure anorthosite, and the feldspathic lunar meteorites41st Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, abstract no. 1440.

Liu Y., Zhang A., Thaisen K. G., Anand M., and Taylor L. A. (2009) Mineralogy and petrography of a lunar highland breccia meteorite, MIL 0700640th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, abstract no. 2105.

Robinson K. L., Treiman A. H., and Joy J. H. (2012) Basaltic fragments in lunar feldspathic meteorites: Connecting sample analyses to orbital remote sensingMeteoritics & Planetary Science 43, 387-399.