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Mare basalt

Part of Hall of Meteorites.

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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