Mare basalt

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    • Collected from the eastern edge of Mare Serenitatis, this moon rock is mare basalt, or dark lava. It originally melted deep below the Moon's surface, erupted and then solidified 3.7 billion years ago. Mare basalt from this location contains relatively high concentrations of both iron and titanium.

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      Apollo 17

      NASA 70035

  • For Educators

    • Topic: Astronomy

      Subtopic: Planets

      Keywords: Iron, Astrophysics, Titanium, Basalt, Magmas, Moon--Surface, Astrogeology, Lunar geology

      Audience: General