Hadley Rille meteorite

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Hadley Rille meteorite
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David R. Scott, Commander of Apollo 15 near the Hadley Rille (on the right). The Hadley Rille meteorite was found within a soil sample collected during this mission. The large rock in the photograph is not the meteorite.
Type Chondrite
Class Enstatite chondrite
Clan EH-EL
Group EH
Country Earth's Moon
Region Hadley Rille
Coordinates 26°26′00″N 03°39′20″E / 26.43333°N 3.65556°E / 26.43333; 3.65556Coordinates: 26°26′00″N 03°39′20″E / 26.43333°N 3.65556°E / 26.43333; 3.65556
Observed fall No
Found date 1971
TKW 3 milligrams (0.00011 oz)

The Hadley Rille meteorite was a meteorite discovered on the Moon at coordinates 26° 26' 0" N, 3° 39' 20" E,[1] during the Apollo 15 mission in 1971. It was the second meteorite to be discovered on a solar system body other than the Earth. The first was the Bench Crater meteorite, discovered in 1969.


Within the soil sample 15602,29 collected near Hadley Rille was found an object in the 1–2 millimetres (0.039–0.079 in) size. The Hadley Rille meteorite massed about 3 milligrams (0.046 gr) and contained enstatite, kamacite, niningerite, silica, schreibersite, troilite, albite, and daubréelite. It is classed as an enstatite chondrite (EH) by the Meteoritical Society.[1]

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