The Moon arrives at Nova
Between 1969 and 1972, six manned Apollo missions successfully landed on the Moon, allowing the astronauts to collect samples and bring them back to Earth for study. Together with a range of meteorites, tektites and fossils, they are made available for schools to loan through the Science and Technology Facilities Council.
The rocks arrived at Nova last week and created a real buzz around in the science wing, with both scholars and staff being fascinated by the contents. Some of the samples have been preserved in acrylic disks and are highly valuable due to their rarity, as it’s not that easy to replace surface samples from the original Apollo moon landings or samples of meteorites that have struck the Earth's surface after travelling through space. One of the meteorites was over 5,000 years old and had travelled through deep space before impacting Earth in Argentina whilst another had originated from Mars! Scholars and staff enjoyed the opportunity to find out more about these special objects and some great discussions were had.