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Abstract The depth variations of the fossil cosmic ray tracks and agglutinates have been examined in the (0.6–0.7)m deep Apollo 12 and 16 drive cores, in the 2.4 m Apollo 15 deep drill core and in a 0.6 m long section of the Apollo 17 deep drill core. These data indicate Moon-wide short duration episodes of impacts of meteorites of size 10 cm−1m on the lunar surface. Based on the longest continuous Apollo 15 deep drill core record, these impact episodes occurred about 150, 400 and 700 m.y. ago. The enhancements in the meteorite flux may be due to solar dynamical processes or they may be related to excursions of the solar system, once in each orbit, through a certain dusty region of the galaxy.
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