Latest Moon rock Stories

2008-12-01 15:44:00

HOUSTON, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Visitors will have the rare chance to touch a piece of a moon rock this week in the new NASA Driven to Explore traveling exhibit at the International Museum of Art and Science in McAllen. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Driven to Explore offers a look at America's program to return humans to the moon and travel beyond. The exhibit will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, and Wednesday, Dec. 10. The centerpiece...

2008-06-23 10:40:00

Imagine landing on the Moon, climbing down the ladder of your spacecraft, and looking around the harsh lunar landscape"”to see another, older spacecraft standing only 200 yards away. That's exactly what happened in November 1969, when astronauts Pete Conrad and Alan Bean stepped out of the Apollo 12 lunar module. There, within walking distance on the edge of a small crater, stood Surveyor 3, an unmanned U.S. spacecraft that had landed in April 1967. Apollo 12's landing site had been...

2008-06-17 18:00:05

To: STATE EDITORS Contact: Jenny Knotts of NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, +1- 281-792-7671, norma.j.knotts@nasa.gov HOUSTON, June 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Visitors will have the rare chance to touch a piece of a moon rock this weekend in a new NASA exhibit at the DFW Summer Balloon Classic at the Mid-Way Regional Airport in Midlothian. A special preview of the exhibit is available for media from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Friday, June 20. The free exhibit, which offers a look at...

2007-10-24 06:00:00

In Susan Eisele Black's life there have been what she calls "moments when the whole world stops and watches." "Two of them were very sad -- when President Kennedy was shot and the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001," she said. "Then there's when Buzz [Aldrin] and Neil [Armstrong] walked on the moon." Eisele Black was part of that memorable moment. "It was incredible," she said. "They didn't just get on a space shuttle and land on the moon. It took years of planning." Her late husband was astronaut...

2006-04-07 17:15:00

NEW YORK -- The art world's interest in meteorites has skyrocketed, with collectors and curators buying up the outer-space rocks for display in museums, galleries, or on a cocktail table at home. Next week, meteorite hunters will get a chance to bid for some of the world's most coveted extraterrestrial rocks when they go on sale at Bonhams' New York natural history auction. Among the highlights are a small slice of the 15.5-ton Williamette, the crown jewel of meteorites on display at the...

2004-12-30 08:20:00

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) -- University of New Mexico researchers have identified a 2.9 billion-year-old lunar meteorite, the youngest dated lunar rock. "It was a little piece of rock containing various minerals," said earth and planetary sciences department senior research scientist Lars Borg. "It's not much different than what's on earth." UNM's sample, obtained from the Natural History Museum in London, was named Northwest Africa 773, or NWA 773, to describe where it was found in 2000. NWA 773...

2004-11-30 13:30:00

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- University of New Mexico researcher Barbara Cohen now knows for certain that the rock she found while trolling the barren Antarctica landscape is special. She and a team of geologists picked up a chunk of the moon - one of only about 30 ever found on Earth. "We found it almost a year ago, but the analysis wasn't finished until last month," she said. "When I found out it was from the moon, I was so elated. The team knew it was something interesting in the field, but...

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