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Updated Aug 23, 2014 - 8:54 am

ASU over the moon for donated space rock

TEMPE, Ariz. — A piece of the moon has found a home at Arizona State

The university announced Friday that its Center for Meteorite Studies has
received a space rock.

ASU officials said the softball-sized meteorite was given by Jay Piatek, a
longtime donor to the school.

Piatek purchased the rock, which was found near the Moroccan-Algerian border in
2012, from a Moroccan meteorite dealer.

Researchers said the sample is a rare class of meteorites that originated from
the moon called lunaites.

They said there are tens of thousands of known meteorites but only fewer than a
hundred are from the moon.

The center has six other smaller moon rocks.

The donated rock will be on display for a short time before being used for


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