Linda Matthews-Schmidt
Johnson Space Center, Houston
RELEASE : J09-013
Touch the Moon this Week at NASA Exhibit in Green Bank, WV
HOUSTON – Visitors will have the rare chance to touch a 3-billion-year-old moon rock in the new NASA Driven to Explore exhibit on display during Green Bank Star Quest 6 at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, WV June 24-27, 2009. The exhibit will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is free to the public.

The centerpiece of the exhibit 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 rock is one of only seven lunar samples in the world made available for the public to touch and feel.

This year, NASA celebrates the 40th anniversary of man’s first steps on the moon through the Apollo 11 mission. Driven to Explore offers visitors a look at how and why humans will return to the moon by showcasing America’s newest space exploration program, Constellation. Visitors will enjoy educational imagery and models of Constellation’s rockets and spacecraft being developed. The exhibit also details the accomplishments of the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station Programs.

Interested media should contact Victor Scott at 281-483-4942 or

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