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Go and catch a falling star

Patches of deposits containing unusual mafic minerals are observed in and around some large lunar impact craters. Numerical simulations suggest that in the slowest of these impacts, asteroidal material, alien to the Moon, could have survived.

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Figure 1: Oblique view of the summit of the central peak of the 85-km-wide crater Tycho on the Moon.



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Asphaug, E. Go and catch a falling star. Nature Geosci 6, 422–423 (2013).

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