Mineral Found Only on Moon, Found on Earth

Posted by on January 16th, 2012


When astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin and Michael Collins completed the first moonwalk, they brought back three minerals that were initially thought to be specific to the lunar surface.

Two of them were later found here on Earth, but one… tranquillityite (named for the Sea of Tranquility where it was found) remained unique. Until now.

The last mineral thought to have been unique to the Moon has been discovered in the remote Pilbara region of Western Australia. It was identified by researchers at The University of Western Australia’s Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis (CMCA).

In your face moon!

[Science Daily]

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