For sale to highest bidder: A 12-pound chunk of the moon

Christopher Davidson
October 13, 2018

Well, if you have some extra cash kicking around, you can buy "The Moon Puzzle", a collection of lunar rocks that fell to the Sahara Desert as meteorites.

"The Moon Puzzle" is interesting because it is considered 'unpaired, ' meaning it is not connected to any other known meteorites. It's expected to fetch upwards of $500,000 which, believe it or not, is less than what Han Solo's Star Wars jacket was priced at this past September. The meteorite could sell for $500,000 or more at an online auction that runs from Thursday, Oct. 11, until Oct. 18, 2018. The largest of those pieces weighs about 6 pounds.

Experts says it shot off the surface of the moon and traveled a quarter-million miles to earth. "According to Geoff Notkin, the chief executive of Aerolite Meteorites, "'Few, if any, of the world's top museums have a lunar meteorite that is anywhere near this in size and uniqueness.

The meteorite has a "partial fusion crust", a seemingly rare feature that was caused by the impact of severe heat as it descended through the atmosphere, the description said.

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"As soon as we saw this, we knew it was extraordinarily unusual", he told the Associated Press (AP).

Pairing happens because fragments of the same meteorite may break up into different pieces and land in different places when they hit Earth.

Robert Livingston, RR's executive vice president, told The Associated Press that the auction "is the only way a private collector" can secure this kind of item "because the moon rocks brought back by astronauts are US government property".

"This is the only way a private collector can get their hands on a piece of the Moon, because the Moon rocks brought back by astronauts are U.S. government property", Robert Livingston, RR's executive vice-president, told AP.

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