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Lunar metallic particle ("mini-moon"): An interpretation

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Abstract

A troilite-rich nickel-iron particle ("mini-moon") recovered from the moon may be a mound detached from a sphere of silicate glass. Erosion and pitting of the particle may have been caused by passage through a cloud of hot gas and particulate matter formed by meteorite impact on the lunar surface. This explanation is in contrast to the theory that the particle was meteoritically derived molten material that was furrowed during solidification after lunar impact, subsequently pitted by high-velocity particles, and then abraded and polished by drifting dust while on the lunar surface.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Lunar metallic particle ("mini-moon"): An interpretation
Series title:
Science
Volume
171
Issue:
3970
Year Published:
1971
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Science
First page:
479
Last page:
480