Chondrules in Apollo 14 Samples: Implications for the Origin of Chondritic Meteorites

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Science  07 Jan 1972:
Vol. 175, Issue 4017, pp. 59-60
DOI: 10.1126/science.175.4017.59


Chondrules have been observed in several breccia samples returned by the Apollo 14 mission. These lunar chondrules are believed to have formed during a large impact event, perhaps the one that formed the Imbrian Basin. This suggests that some meteoritic chondrules are also formed by impact processes such as crystallization after shock melting and abrasion and diffusion in base-surge and fall-back deposits generated by impacts on planetary surfaces.