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Lunar Samples on View
Thursday | July 18, 2019 | 11:00 am–2:00 pm
From July 16–28, the Bell Museum will have a lunar sample disk on display. On loan from NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, the six-inch disk contains three samples each of lunar rock and lunar soil encapsulated in clear Lucite.
The samples come from six different missions between 1969 and 1972 and include a wide variety of rock and soil types. You can see bits of ancient lava flows, soil from sites across the Moon, and volcanic ash from a lunar eruption 3.5 billion years ago.
These samples help us learn about what happened billions of years ago on both the Moon and Earth, says Bell planetarium manager Sally Brummel, because the Moon is a chunk broken from the Earth in a collision not long after our solar system formed.