Rock sample brought to earth from the Apollo 12 lunar landing mission
Close-up view of Apollo 12 sample 12,052 under observation in the Manned Spacecraft Center's Lunar Receiving Laboratory. This sample, collected during the second Apollo 12 extravehicular activity (EVA-2) of Astronauts Charles Conrad Jr., and Alan L. Bean, is a typical fine-grained crystalline rock with a concentration of holes on the left part of the exposed side. These holes are called vesicles and have been labeled as gas bubbles formed during the crystallization of the rock. Several glass-lined pits can be seen on the surface of the rock. An idea of the size of the rock can be gained by reference to the gauge on the bottom portion of the number meter.
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