"MoonFire is the greatest book I have ever seen. The photography is unparalleled, it is more than just a book, it is an experience." —David Schonauer, American Photo, New York
Limited to just 12 copies, numbered 1958–1969, the Lunar Rock Edition of Norman Mailer’s MoonFire is designed by Marc Newson. His concept was inspired by the Apollo 11 LEM (Lunar Excursion Module). Each book is contained in a case made from a single piece of aluminum—its surface an actual 3-D topography of the Moon—and comes with a unique piece of lunar rock.
Meteorites from the Moon are exceptionally rare. There are fewer than 70 lunar meteorites known with a total combined weight of approximately 55 kilograms, making them millions of times rarer than gem grade diamonds. However, most lunar meteorites reside in museum collections and research institutions, leaving only 15 kilograms or so available to individual collectors worldwide. Since acquiring an Apollo moon rock is virtually impossible, the only realistic way to own a piece of the moon is by acquiring a lunar meteorite.
NWA 2995 (Paired Individual)*
Type: Lunar Feldspathic Breccia
Discovery site: Algeria
Size: 34 x 17 x 1 mm
Weight: 1.40 grams 60,000 Euro
This specimen is a slice of a beautiful, very fresh, feldspathic fragmental breccia that contains many FHT (Feldspathic Highlands Terrain) fine-grained rock types including norite, olivine basalt, gabbro and others. Because the source rocks for the lunar soil are from the highlands, only the oldest and more common lunar rock types are usually represented with ages of approximately 4.2–4.3 billion years old. This slice has a large surface area and a rind of desirable fusion crust on half of the edge. It is also virtually indistinguishable from an actual Apollo Mission moon rock with its large white anorthosite fragments being off set by the dark gray and black background matrix.
* A meteorite mass will often break up into several pieces upon impact with Earth’s atmosphere. The main mass will receive a unique name (e.g. NWA 2995), and any “paired” fragments discovered nearby with the same composition are given the designation of “Paired Individual,” as is the case for this specimen.
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