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From July 1969 to December 1972, 12 American astronauts explored the lunar surface. They returned over 800 pounds of lunar material to the Earth from six different regions of the Moon.

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Moon Rocks

Between 1969 and 1972, six Apollo space flight missions brought back 382 kilograms (842 pounds) of lunar rocks, core samples, pebbles, sand and dust from the lunar surface. Have you ever wondered what it took to collect these samples and what happened to them once they were returned to Earth? Find out more here.

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Astromaterials Curation Johnson Space Center  - What happens to all those rock samples brought from outer space? They are stored at this center where they are protected, preserved, and distributed for study. These sample collections include: lunar rocks and regolith, meteorites recovered by the U.S. in the Antarctic, dust particles from the Stratosphere, and space-exposed surfaces retrieved from satellites or spacecraft.

Collecting Moon Rocks  - How difficult was it for Apollo astronauts to collect rock samples from the moon? This page has pictures of the astronauts at work on the surface of the Moon collecting samples, as well as descriptions of the tools that they used, procedures, and storage information.

25 Years of Curating Moon Rocks  - Twenty-five years ago, rocks from the Moon were delivered to a laboratory in Houston that was a marked contrast to the methodical, almost serene laboratory in which the Moon rocks are curated today. This document traces how the process of receiving and protecting the rocks has changed since 1969.

Apollo Missions Sampling Activities  - Six Apollo missions were responsible for collecting materials from the moon's surface and returning them to Earth. Pictures of samples from each flight and information about the samples are described at this website from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Astromaterials  - This resource page is from the Astromaterials Curator's website at NASA's Johnson Space Center. Here you will find "The Curator's Coloring and Activity Book", the Top Ten Discoveries Made During Apollo Exploration of the Moon, along with Fact Sheets, publications, and hands-on activities.

Lunar Prospector's Space Day Activities  - This site contains 25 hands-on activites. Each activity was selected based on its science/educational value and its relevance to the Lunar Prospector Mission. Among the titles you will find Edible Rocks, Reaping Rocks, Moon Archeology, Lunar Landforms, and Make a Crater.

 


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Educational Services: Lunar-Meteorite Sample Loan Program - Educators must first be certified to borrow lunar and meteorite materials by attending a training seminar on security requirements and proper handling procedures. The same certification applies to lunar and meteorite samples. These briefings are given by NASA staff at locations around the country. Written requests should be sent to the NASA Educator Resource Center (ERC) in your geographic area. Included here is information about contacting the NASA ERC in your area. Click on the link for the NASA Field Center Educator Resource Centers and select your state or region.

NASA Projects: Apollo Missions - The first photos of Earth from hundreds of thousands of miles away were taken by the crew of Apollo 8, the first humans to orbit the Moon. Those photos depicted Earth as a bright blue and white ball floating in a sea of darkness. They reminded people the world over of the fragility of planet Earth and of the need to preserve and protect its resources.


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