some photos of Apollo samples

regolith breccias

Regolith breccias are shock-compressed regolith (soil). They are, in effect, sedimentary rocks. Read more here.

 



Three large (~3 cm) fragments of Apollo 15 regolith breccia 15565. The most obvious clasts are mare basalts. Click on image for enlargement.

A thin section of 15565 (fov = 3.3 cm). Click on image for enlargement.

 

Fragment (~3 cm) of Apollo 16 regolith breccia 66035. Click on image for enlargement.

 

 

Fragment (~3 cm) of Apollo 16 regolith breccia 66075. Click on image for enlargement.

 

 

Official NASA photo of Apollo 16 regolith breccia 60016. This rock is friable (easily broken). The color is bad in the print, and I've recolored the image to make the rocks gray, on average. Click on image for enlargement.

 

 

Official NASA photo of Apollo 16 regolith breccia 60019. This rock is coherent (difficult to break). The color is bad in the print, and I've recolored the image to make the rocks gray, on average. Click on image for enlargement.

 

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