Lot #4566
Dhofar 287 Lunar Meteorite Flown on the International Space Station

Lunar meteorite slice carried in orbit on the International Space Station
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Estimate: $800+

Description

Lunar meteorite slice carried in orbit on the International Space Station

Extraordinary Dhofar 287 lunar meteorite slice, measuring 16 mm x 7 mm, carried on the International Space Station by cosmonaut Salizhan Sharipov during Expedition 10. The composition of the meteorite resembles moon rock material collected in the 'Ocean of Storms' during the Apollo 12 mission, and it was sent to Sharipov from Houston, Texas, on the 35th anniversary of the Apollo 12 lunar landing. It is affixed to an 8.25 x 11.75 letter describing the composition of the meteorite, which bears an ISS ink stamp. The letter was delivered to the ISS on Progress M-52. On the tenth expedition to the ISS in 2004-2005, Salizhan Sharipov and Leroy Chiao replaced critical hardware in the Quest Joint Airlock, repaired spacesuits, submitted a scientific research paper on ultrasound in space, and performed two spacewalks. In fine condition. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope. This is one of two such letters carried to the ISS for Expedition 10, and this one has the larger slice of lunar meteorite. A remarkable relic of space history—a physical piece of the moon that landed on Earth as part of a lunar meteorite, returned to the heavens aboard the International Space Station, and ultimately brought back to Earth.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Space & Aviation
  • Dates: #594 - Ended October 15, 2020