Moon rock or lunar rock is rock that is found on the Earth’s Moon including lunar material collected during the course of human exploration of the Moon, or rock that has been ejected naturally from the Moon’s surface (and which has then landed on the Earth as meteorites).
How much moon rock is on earth?
Between 1969 and 1972 six Apollo missions brought back 382 kilograms (842 pounds) of lunar rocks, core samples, pebbles, sand and dust from the lunar surface. The six space flights returned 2200 separate samples from six different exploration sites on the Moon.
How are moon rocks similar to and different from rocks on Earth?
The composition of the Moon is much like that of the Earth. Its rocks are similar to Earth rocks and contain many but not all of the same minerals. However, the Moon has no atmosphere, it shows no trace of past or present life, and its rocks contain no water. The Moon rocks show that the lunar surface is very ancient.
What type of rock is the moon made of?
The composition of the rocks on the moon based on samples of lunar rocks are volcanic in origin. The rocks are basalts, similar to the kind of volcanic rock found on Earth. The lunar basalts are rich in iron and magnesium, and they also contain glassy structures that are indicative of rapid cooling.
Can you buy a rock from the moon?
US law forbids private citizens from possessing any of the 842 pounds of moon rocks collected by astronauts and brought back to Earth. They contain tiny slivers of moon rock. Some of these gifts have drifted into the collectors’ market.