Allende Meteorite: Mexico, *1969

Allende, Mexico, *1969

Allende is a remarkable meteorite. It fell in Mexico at the peak of the moonshot frenzy, and was analysed by NASA as a dry run for analysing material being brought back from the moon by the Apollo missions.

Allende is a carbonaceous chondrite – rich in carbon-based chemicals and compounds. It contains some of the oldest material known, believed to be left over from the formation of the solar system.

Of the 2 tonnes which fell over Chihuahua that day, the above is a nice 5g collection specimen.

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