Oman a hotbed for valuable moon rocks

T TV Wednesday 13/March/2019 17:40 PM
By: Times News Service

A search has started for moon rocks in Oman, headed by the Public Authority for Mining.

The agency has teamed up with the Swiss Natural Museum and the Swiss University of Bern, which had done similar work in the Sultanate before.

“These rocks are valuable because they allow us to study meteorites in their original composition, letting us see how the chemistry of the universe works. This makes them better for studying than sending spaceships out to these planets.” - D. Subhi Nasser, Director, Earth Science Research Centre, Sultan Qaboos University

There is an economic value to moon rocks and rocks from Mars, as a gram can cost between USD2,000 and USD4,000. However, these meteorites are more valuable to science.