ArticlesMossbauer Studies

Mössbauer Spectroscopy of Moon Samples

Science  30 Jan 1970:
Vol. 167, Issue 3918, pp. 688-690
DOI: 10.1126/science.167.3918.688


Lunar bulk sample 10084,85 (< 1 mm size dust), and samples from rocks 10017,17 (fine grained, vesicular), 10046,17 (breccia), 10057,59 (fine grained, vesicular, top surface), 10057,60 (fine grained, vesicular, interior), and 10058,24 (medium grained, not vesicular) have been investigated by 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy. Iron metal and the Fe2+ minerals ilmenite, pyroxene, troilite, and iron containing glass have been identified. An iron line of sample 10084,85 (originally sealed in nitrogen) showed no significant intensity change when the sample was exposed to air. The antiferromagnetic transition in several lunar ilmenites at 570 ± 2°K corresponds to stoichiometric FeTiO,. Magneticallv separated 10057 showed troilite and somne metallic iron.