Lunar Metallic Particle ("Mini-Moon"): An Interpretation

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Science  05 Feb 1971:
Vol. 171, Issue 3970, pp. 479-480
DOI: 10.1126/science.171.3970.479


A troilite-rich nickel-iron particle ("mini-moon") recovered from the moon may be a mound detached from a sphere of silicate glass. Erosion and pitting of the particle may have been caused by passage through a cloud of hot gas and particulate matter formed by meteorite impact on the lunar surface. This explanation is in contrast to the theory that the particle was meteoritically derived molten material that was furrowed during solidification after lunar impact, subsequently pitted by high-velocity particles, and then abraded and polished by drifting dust while on the lunar surface.