Library Catalog - Kentucky Historical Society

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Object Name Sample, Material
Common Name Moon Rock
Catalog Number 1990.16.1
Maker NASA
Date ca. 1973
Material(s) Wood/Crystal/Cotton/Plastic/Stone
Dimensions H-14.5 W-10 D-0.75 inches
Description This presentation piece displays moon rocks collected by the Apollo 17 astronauts as well as a miniature Kentucky flag. The piece is a wooden plaque that is felt backed with beveled edges. A crystal sphere containing a moon rock is glued to the top with an aluminum label. A miniature Kentucky flag is displayed in the middle with a Plexiglas cover nailed over it and an aluminum label below.
Notes In December of 1972, Astronauts Eugene Cernan and Herman Schmitt picked up a large moon rock from the valley of Taurus-Littrow in to share with the people of the world. Three months after Apollo 17 returned home President Richard Nixon ordered the rock to be cut up and distributed to 135 foreign heads of state and each of the 50 states. The moon rocks became known as the "Goodwill Moon Rocks."
Originally displayed in the New Capitol or Governor's Mansion; the plaque was transferred to the KMHM in 1980 and to KHS in 1990. The piece was presented to the people of Kentucky by NASA.
Media Links BBC article- What happened to NASA's missing Moon Rocks?
Collection KHS Museum Collection
People NASA
Subjects Space flight
Moon
Geology
Search Terms NASA
Moon Rocks
Space exploration
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS