June 17th, 2013
Dear Patrons of the Official Northwest Africa 5000 Website,
Thank you for the opportunity to introduce the main mass of lunar meteorite Northwest Africa 5000
(NWA 5000). The goal of this website is to bring together information, and to present it in a way that
will help you to appreciate the scientific and aesthetic qualities of this exceedingly rare example
from our nearest celestial neighbor, the Moon.
This international treasure has been impeccably supervised under the stewardship of the Hupé
Collection since its discovery in 2007. It has taken six years of micromanaging every aspect of
this lunar rock in order to properly present it here and ensure its legendary status. Global
collaboration between prominent research laboratories has provided new information about the Moon
and the Earth thanks to this important specimen. The study of NWA 5000 will continue well into the
future, since it is unique and came from an unexplored part of the Moon.
Results of scientific investigations are discussed in the Terrestrial History and
Extraterrestrial History sections to make for simpler reading. Please note that scans of
official papers are included in the Authenticity and Appraisal area. For those who are
visually oriented, pictures and a 3-D video with brief descriptions are supplied in the
Images area. A generous amount of accurate information is provided throughout, so that
prospective buyers can make an informed purchasing decision.
NWA 5000 initially weighed 11,528 grams. Six complete slices and an end-cut were liberated, reducing
it to the present certified weight of 6,072 grams. It is currently larger than any specimen in the NASA
collection of returned lunar samples.
This cosmic masterpiece will provide limitless promotional opportunities to the individual,
organization or country that acquires it, and it will leave an indelible impression on all
who observe it. This bold statement is based on how well the complete slice was received
at the 39th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Houston, Texas where over 1,500
planetary scientists were in attendance. Virtually everybody who examined the slice
expressed excitement about both its beauty and scientific implications. The main mass made
its public debut at the Royal Ontario Museum for the grand opening of the new Teck Suite of
Galleries: Earth’s Treasures where it occupied the central position for months. It was
immensely popular and efforts were made to keep it there permanently. Apollo 16 astronaut and
Moonwalker, Charles Duke used a slice of this meteorite to promote future lunar missions in
a keynote address to the Planetary Studies Foundation in Chicago.
Please do not hesitate to use the contact page if you have any questions regarding the
acquisition of the NWA 5000 main mass. I will entertain serious offers over the next few months.
Adam Charles Hupé
Current Steward of NWA 5000
The Hupé Collection