Meteorite's origin traced by Czech geologists
Every year new meteorites are found on different parts of planet Earth. They travel for millions of years and it is usually impossible to say where they came from - but in just one case Czech geologists think they know - North-East Africa 003 is believed to have originally come from the Sea of Rains on the moon.
It traveled for 160 million years before getting sucked in by Earth's gravitation and landed somewhere in the Libyan Desert where it was later found by a Czech geologist and collector. Since only about 50 meteorites which have made it to planet Earth are known to have come from the Moon - North East Africa 003 was a significant find. But there was more to come. Czech geologists have been studying its make-up and comparing it to data available from various lunar projects. And it was the 1994 Clementine spacecraft research project which provided the answer.
North East Africa 003 was exhibited at the Stefanik Observatory in Prague in 2004 - just two years after it was found. Now it is once again hot news -and there are many who would like to get a glimpse of it. However the moonstone remains in private hands - and the collector in question wishes to remain in anonymity.