Moon Rock, Lunar Sample 12047


Astronauts aboard the Apollo missions explored the Moon’s surface collecting lunar rocks, core samples, pebbles, sand, and dust. During Apollo 11, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin spent 2 ½ hours collecting samples and taking photographs.

  • Pete Conrad, the third man on the Moon, collected this Moon rock. 
  • The Moon rock is Ilmenite basalt, also known as titanium iron-oxide, and it can be found on Earth.
  • Because the Moon rock is a titanium ore, it might one day prove useful in constructing a lunar base.  
  • All Moon rocks are carefully accounted for and reside in the Lunar Curatorial Facility in Houston, TX unless they are on loan to scientists and other institutions, like us.

It is on view in our APOLLO exhibition.

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