Some Photos of Apollo Samples

pristine magnesian-suite norite


These are three fragments of Apollo 17 sample 77215, a pristine, cataclastic, magnesian-suite norite. The term cataclastic implies that it is shocked and fractured by meteorite impacts, which causes the opaque white color. Millimeter scale above. Click on image for enlargement.



A thin section (partially crossed polarizers) of Apollo 17 magnesian-suite norite 78235. The dark material with vesicles is glass. The crystalline material (plagioclase and orthopyroxene) has been heavily shocked. fov = 2.5 cm. Click on image for enlargement.




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Prepared by
: Randy L. Korotev
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Washington University in St. Louis

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Last revised: 7-Oct-2015