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Bench Crater meteorite

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Bench Crater meteorite
Bench Crater – view of "rubble pile" in center of crater. The "Bench Crater meteorite" was collected during the Apollo 12 mission (EVA-2, November 20, 1969).
ClassCarbonaceous chondrite
CountryEarth's Moon
Found dateNovember 20, 1969
Bench Crater SW (image bottom left) of the Apollo 12 lander (LRO, 2011) – shows footprints and hardware left by astronauts Pete Conrad and Alan Bean.

The Bench Crater meteorite is a meteorite discovered on the Moon by Apollo 12 astronauts in 1969.[1] It is part of the friable basalt lunar sample 12037.[2] Found on the north-west rim of the Bench Crater, it is the first meteorite to be discovered on a Solar System body other than the Earth. Its diameter is just a few millimeters. It is listed as a carbonaceous chondrite by the Meteoritical Society.[3]

Bench Crater meteorite shown using various imaging techniques
Location where lunar sample 12037 was discovered

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  1. ^ Joy; Messenger; Zolensky; Frank; Kring (July 29, 2013). "Bench Crater Meteorite: Hydrated Asteroidal Material Delivered to the Moon" (PDF).
  2. ^ "Lunar Sample Compendium 12037" (PDF). 2011.
  3. ^ "Bench Crater". Meteroritical Bulletin.