74002 (6056) Apollo 17 Core Sample
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Fact sheet

Core samples were collected to study in-place density, stratification and fabric or particle arrangement of the near-surface lunar soil (regolith). This soil is the product of billions of years of impacts, large and small. At first, even the smallest impacts hit the local bedrock, shattered it and spread the debris out to a distance dependent on the size of the particular impact. Gradually, a thin layer of regolith began to accumulate. The smallest impacts no longer reached bedrock but did break or chip larger fragment in the layer and, by scattering debris outward, left a crater. Small impacts produced small craters; large impacts produced larger craters and scattered ejecta to larger distances. The net result was a lunar regolith layer composed on interleaved ejecta blankets, with considerable mixing. Careful examination of the deep cores gave insights into the frequency of impacts.

Our sample is a mixture of constituents, dominated by brown glass, black devitrified glass containing rod-like crystallites (rotation 2) and mineral fragments (rotation 1).

Further details of this and other Apollo samples are here: http://curator.jsc.nasa.gov/lunar/

In Place
In Time
Not known
Ma = Millions of years ago
In Focus
Rock-forming minerals:

Rock forming mineral: