A Moon Rock, collected during the Apollo 15 lunar landing mission by Lunar Module Pilot James B. Irwin, was featured at the Buffalo Geological Society’s 50th Annual Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show in 2018.
The 159-gram sample was collected by Irwin, near Station 8, from a football sized moon rock and is encased in lucite. The rock is a basalt, a dark colored extrusive igneous rock formed from lava that cooled quickly on the surface of the moon. The sample contains pyroxene and plagioclase feldspar. It was collected with more than 170 pounds of lunar samples at the Hadley Rille on the moon during the Apollo 15 Lunar Mission in July & August 1971.
The Hadley Rille, is a valley or trench on the surface of the moon which is believed to be a channel resulting from an ancient lava flow. This feature was one of the primary sites of exploration for the Apollo 15 lunar-landing mission.
The below photos were uploaded from the work of Claas Olthoff and Arizona State University’s “GigaPan Homepage” and “Apollo Image AS15-M-0414″ page. The red arrow points to the Hadley Rille while the blue dot indicates the landing spot of Apollo 15.
Click the link to our 2018 Moon Rock Gallery to see Paul Leuchner and Jerold Bastedo preparing the display, close-ups of the specimen and other scenes from the exhibit.