Lunar Meteorite

Northwest Africa 10253

northwestern Africa


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One of the NWA 10253  stones
(photo credit: Darryl Pitt)


Lab sample of NWA 10253. Click on image for enlargement. Thanks to Carl Agee for the sample.
(photo credit: Randy Korotev)


from The Meteoritical Bulletin, No. 104

Northwest Africa 10253

Northwestern Africa
Purchased: 2015
Mass: 6674.1 g

Lunar meteorite

History: Purchased by Darryl Pitt from a Moroccan meteorite dealer, reportedly found in Mauritania near the Algerian border.

Physical characteristics: Weathered irregular exterior. Saw cuts reveal a fragmental breccia with numerous feldspathic and mafic clasts set in a gray groundmass.

Petrography: (C. Agee, UNM) This meteorite is a very heterogeneous polymict breccia consisting of numerous microgabbro clasts, shock melt pools and veins, fragmental plagioclase, pyroxene, and olivine. Accessory Fe-oxide, troilite, Ti-chromite, ilmenite, and silica were observed. Thin calcite weathering veins are present.

Geochemistry: (C. Agee and N. Muttik, UNM) olivine Fa38.3±2.7, Fe/Mn=102±5, n=14; pigeonite Fs39.9±14.7Wo12.7±5.5, Fe/Mn=63±9, n=14; augite Fs42.7±14.2Wo27.0±7.9, Fe/Mn=69±11, n=10; anorthite plagioclase An95.3±1.8Ab4.4±1.7Or0.2±0.1, n=6; labradorite plagioclase An55.5Ab43.2Or1.3, n=1; Shock melt (10 µm defocused electron beam, proxy for bulk meteorite composition): SiO2=46.1±1.6, TiO2=0.63±0.46, Al2O3=23.1±4.8, Cr2O3=0.16±0.09, MgO=6.8±3.5, FeO=7.1±3.2, MnO=0.09±0.05, CaO=14.0±2.0, NiO=0.03±0.03, Na2O=0.55±0.21, K2O=0.12±0.08 (all wt%), Fe/Mn=81±23, Mg#=61±8, MgO+FeO=13.9±6.0 (wt%), n=31.

Classification: Lunar feldspathic breccia

Specimens: 32.5 g including a probe mount on deposit at UNM, DPitt holds the main mass.


Randy Says…

I’ll be analyzing my sample soon.


More Information

Meteoritical Bulletin Database

NWA 10253






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

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Last revised: 30-March-2017