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Fly on the Wall 

July 8, 2009

The moon rocks

Next time you pass through the Academy’s Islands of Evolution exhibit, take a peek at a few new additions by the wall of colorful Frans Lanting photographs. Touch a 221-pound iron meteorite (below, left), and check out an actual moon rock (below, right), collected on the last manned lunar mission, Apollo 17, in December, 1972. The rock was collected from the Taurus-Littrow Valley, between the Sea of Serenity and the Sea of Tranquility, and is on loan to the Academy from NASA. Alongside those extraterrestrial specimens, you’ll also see a sampling of incredible fossils from Earth—up to 900 million years old.

This month marks the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, and to celebrate, staff from Morrison Planetarium will be on hand at the Science in Action exhibit to show video footage of the of the Apollo 11 landing, and introduce the moon rock to visitors on the weekend of July 18-19. Stop by at 1:30 pm either day to check it out.

Filed under: Exhibits — Helen @ 9:20 am


  1. I am currently reading “The Way of the Explorer” by Edgar Mitchell, so the moon was a good guess for me. Looking forward to seeing the moon rocks next visit. Love the Morrison Planetarium!

    Comment by Maribeth Sands — August 1, 2009 @ 9:28 am

  2. I highly applaud the California Academy of Sciences for your excellent web site and the methods used to encourage new learning and appreciation for our nations history and the wonders of nature. Having the opportunity to see a rock from the moon and the many excellent exhibits is well forth the membership fee and the chance to see my fellow Americans enjoy all that this nation pursues in education and advancing knowledge. Your devotion to the knowledge of our world is very much appreciated. AJM

    Comment by Andrew J. Mesquit — August 1, 2009 @ 9:32 am

  3. I wish you would put some of your minerals out on display again. That was my favorite part of the old museum. My second favorite was the snakes and reptiles, and you don’t have many/any of those anymore too.

    Much of the new museum is like a big 3-dimensional Discovery magazine. I enjoy reading Discovery and National Geographic, but want to see the real thing at the museum. I love the reef exhibit.

    Comment by MIke Keim — August 1, 2009 @ 4:29 pm

  4. Geology meets Astrology? I like it a lot, can’t wait to touch the iron meteorite!

    Comment by xmaness — August 4, 2009 @ 9:50 am

  5. The name of the valley gave it away. Hope I get ther one of these year; although I generally prefer more trees when i go on vacation!

    Comment by Andrea Siebert — August 14, 2009 @ 11:15 pm

  6. Please put more of your mineral and rock collection on display

    Comment by Ian McFadyen — December 20, 2009 @ 4:34 pm

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