This lunar sample was cut from a rock collected on the surface of the Moon during the Apollo 17 mission in December 1972. Found near the landing site in the Valley of Taurus-Littrow, it is an iron-rich, fine-textured volcanic rock called basalt. It is nearly 4 billion years old.
Image Number: WEB11680-2010
Credit: Image by Mark Avino, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
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