Visible and Near-Infrared (VNIR) Spectral Survey of Lunar Meteorites

Stored at the National Institute of Polar Research (NIPR)


This is a compilation of photographs and VNIR reflectance spectral data of lunar meteorites stored at NIPR measured while Takahiro Hiroi was a visiting professor at NIPR during the summer of 2010.  The project was later funded by the Japanese Government grant (JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number 24540493).  The detailed results were published as:

T. Hiroi, H. Kaiden, A. Yamaguchi, H. Kojima, K. Uemoto, M. Ohtake, T. Arai, S. Sasaki (2016) Visible and near-infrared spectral survey of lunar meteorites stored at the National Institute of Polar Research.  Polar Sci. (Published online on June 10, 2016).


1.  List of Examined Lunar Meteorite Samples and Measured Spots

Meteorite Name Original Weight (g) Classification Pairing Subsample No. Studied Spots
Y-791197 52.4 Anorthositic regolith breccia   64 A, B
Y-793169 6.07 Unbrecciated basalt   22, 40  
Y-793274 8.66 Basaltic regolith breccia   10 A
Y-82192 36.67 Anorthositic fragmental breccia Y-86032 83 A
Y-82193 27.04 Anorthositic fragmental breccia Y-86032 62 B, C
Y-86032 648.43 Anorthositic fragmental breccia   14 A, B, C, D, E
A-881757 442.12 Gabbro   60 A, B, C
Y981031 185.83 Basaltic regolith breccia Y-793274 20, 60 A, B, C, D, E
Y983885 289.71 Anorthositic polymict breccia   79 A


 2.  Photographs of Measured Spots (Each spot is about 2x3 mm in size)

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3.  VNIR Reflectance Spectra of Measured Spots


You can download the spectral data in Excel format or Comma-separated format.