Touch the Moon This Week at NASA Exhibit in McAllen

Press Release From: Johnson Space Center
Posted: Tuesday, December 2, 2008

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.

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

As NASA celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, Driven to Explore allows visitors to see models of the new rockets and spacecraft 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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