.30" Lunar Meteorite Slice (0.44 g) - NWA 14041

This is a .30" wide (0.44 grams) lunar meteorite that is part of the NWA 14041 find in Mali, Africa. It has been cut into a small slice and is lightly polished on one side to highlight the grain detail.

Comes in an acrylic display case.

About NWA 14841

NWA 14041 is the name given to a lunar feldspathic breccia found in Mali, Africa in 2021 by camel shepherds. It was later purchased in Algeria by Ahmed Salek. Its recovery weight was 11.7 kg. It is composed of anorthite, olivine, low-calcium pyroxene, pigeonite, exsolved pigeonite, and minor amounts of titanium chromite.

Meteoritical Bulletin Entry: NWA 14841 Meteorite

Moon Rocks... On Earth...

Think the only moon rocks on Earth are samples brought back from Apollo missions? Think again!

Lunar meteorites are formed like other stony (chondrite) meteorites, but they were ejected into space by meteorites and other celestial bodies hitting the moon. Almost all lunar meteorites are brecciated amalgamations of feldspathic and basaltic rocks commonly found on the Moon's surface.

Lunar meteorites are pretty rare to find on Earth: the vast majority of meteorites are from the asteroid belt, and less than 1 percent of classified meteorites are lunar in origin. The total mass of all known lunar meteorites is probably less than 1,000 kilograms. Owning a piece of the moon is a pretty rare accomplishment!

One reason they are so rare is because lunar meteorites superficially look just like earth rocks. Even a true meteorite expert would not recognize a lunar meteor laying on the ground among earthly stones. Lunar meteorites have only been recognized in places naturally devoid of rocks, like sandy deserts and ice sheets. In fact, there has never been a lunar meteorite classified from North America, South America or Europe. Most are found in the Sahara Desert (Northwest Africa), Antarctica, or Oman. All Antarctic meteorites are governmental property so they cannot be privately attained.
Feldspathic Breccia
Mali, Africa
.30 x .30 x .10", Weight: 0.44 grams