Astronomy and Space

NASA Lends a Moon Rock for Display in the Oval Office of the White House

A Moon Rock is now displayed at the Oval Office of the White House. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) loaned the moon rock at the request of the incoming Biden Administration.

“In symbolic recognition of earlier generations’ ambitions and accomplishments, and support for America’s current Moon to Mars exploration approach, a Moon rock now sits in the Oval Office of the White House,” NASA revealed today (Friday), January 22, 2021.

According to NASA, the moon rock was put on display in the Oval Office on January 20, 2021.

The Moon Rock

The moon rock is said to be from the Lunar Sample Laboratory Facility at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

“Its regular sample surfaces contain tiny craters created as micrometeorite impacts have sand-blasted the rock over millions of years,” the space administration explained.

Meanwhile, the flat, sawn sides were created in NASA’s Lunar Curation Laboratory. According to NASA, it was cut for scientific research.

Here is What’s Written on the Moon Rock’s Display Case

The moon rock’s display case is inscribed with the following details:

Lunar Sample 76015,143

Apollo 17 astronaut Ronald Evans and moonwalkers Harrison Schmitt and Eugene Cernan, the last humans to set foot on the Moon, chipped this sample from a large boulder at the base of the North Massif in the Taurus-Littrow Valley, 3 km (almost 2 miles) from the Lunar Module. This 332 gram piece of the Moon (less than a pound), which was collected in 1972, is a 3.9-billion-year-old sample formed during the last large impact event on the nearside of the Moon, the Imbrium Impact Basin, which is 1,145 km or 711.5 miles in diameter.

Moon rock on display in the Oval Office beginning Jan. 20, 2021.

Source: NASA

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Source: NASA

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