Cosmic-ray produced 14C (t1/2 = 5730 years), 36Cl (3.01 × 105 years), 26Al (7.05 × 105 years), and 10Be (1.5 × 106 years) in the recently discovered lunar meteorites Queen Alexandra Range 93069 (QUE 93069) and 94269 (QUE 94269) were measured by accelerator mass spectrometry. The abundance pattern of these four cosmogenic radionuclides and of noble gases indicates QUE 93069 and QUE 94269 were a paired fall and were exposed to cosmic rays near the surface of the Moon for at least several hundred million years before ejection. After the meteorite was launched from the Moon, where it had resided at a depth of 65-80 g/cm2, it experienced a short transition time, ∼20-50 ka, before colliding with the Earth. The terrestrial age of the meteorite is 5-10 ka. Comparison of the cosmogenic nuclide concentrations in QUE 93069/94269 and MAC 88104/88105 clearly shows that these meteorites were not ejected by a common event from the Moon.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Meteoritics and Planetary Science|
|State||Published - Nov 1996|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Space and Planetary Science