Want to buy a space rock
Are you a space enthusiast who keeps in wondering what’s up there and how to reach the stars? Well, maybe not reach the star but you surely can buy a piece of space rock.
One of the world’s largest lunar rocks is up for sale. The Moon rock, weighing more than 13.5kg, was probably chipped off the surface of the moon by a collision with an asteroid or comet and then showered down on the Sahara Desert.
Auction company Christie’s is selling the rock and has valued it at about $3.82 million (around Rs25 crore).
Known as NWA 12691, it is thought to be the fifth largest piece of the Moon ever found on Earth. There is just 650kg of Moon rock known to be on Earth.
It is an actual piece of the Moon. It is about the size of a football, a bit more oblong than that, larger than your head. It was found in the Sahara by an anonymous finder before being passed onto someone else to be studied.
Scientists can be certain of its origin after comparing it with rock samples brought back by the Apollo space missions to the Moon.
Meteorites are incredibly rare and only about one in 1000 comes from the Moon, making this a very special object., he added.
In the 1960s and 1970s the Apollo program brought back about 400kg of Moon rock with them and scientists have been able to analyse the chemical and isotopic compositions (what the rocks are made of) of those rocks and they have determined that they match certain meteorites.