Touch the Moon in Phoenix Next Month

December 23, 2009

HOUSTON, Dec. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Arizonans will have the rare chance to touch a piece of a moon rock at the Maricopa County Home Show in Phoenix at NASA’s Driven to Explore traveling exhibit. Driven to Explore offers a look at America’s program to return humans to the moon and travel beyond.

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The exhibit will be at the home show on Friday, Jan. 15 and Saturday, Jan. 16 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. MST. It will be open on Sunday, Jan. 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The centerpiece of Driven to Explore is the opportunity to touch a lunar rock sample picked up on the moon and brought to Earth by the astronauts of Apollo 17 in 1972, America’s last human mission to the moon. The nearly 4-billion-year-old rock is one of only seven lunar samples in the world made available for the public to touch and feel.

Driven to Explore allows visitors to see models of the new Constellation Program’s rockets and spacecraft that NASA is developing and to learn how and why America will return to the moon. The exhibit also details the accomplishments of the space shuttle and the International Space Station.

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