Despite these obstacles in March 1997, Dar al Gani 262 was found. The 513 g fragment was the first lunar sample to be recovered from the northern hemisphere. Today the Catalogue of Meteorites lists around 1,400 single finds from the Libyan strewfields, lunars and martians included. More than 360 finds alone from the HaH.
After 20 years of prospecting this is reason enough for us to search in the area and find out whether the terrain still yields any secrets. In February 2004 I finally succeed to gain permission by the local authorities in Tripolis. With “moral support” by the Institute of Planetology at the University of Muenster, a small scale recon expedition is planned, a one man mission, backuped by local assistance.
Arriving in the small town of Sebha in the Libyan south in late April, I meet with a local agent, whom I know from a previous expedition in the Ténéré desert.
Together we choose my companions, Saleh, a local clan chief and Ammul the cook, whos people live in the Air Mountains at the edge of the Ténéré in the Republic of Niger. Both men are of the legendary Touareg tribe, the “blue lords of the Sahara” and reputed for their desert skills.