NASA puts "rock from the moon" in the Oval Office (photo)

Weighing 332 grams, the moon was collected in 1972, a 3.9-billion-year-old specimen formed during the last major near-moon collision with a diameter of 1,145 km or 711.5 miles.

In a symbolic recognition of the aspirations and achievements of previous generations and support of America’s current approach to the “Moon to Mars” mission, a lunar rock is now in the Oval Office of the White House. At the request of the Biden administration, NASA loaned the moon rock, which was displayed in the Oval Office on January 20, from the Lunar Sample Laboratory at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Moon Rock Specifications

The moon weighs 332 grams and was collected in 1972, a 3.9-billion-year-old specimen formed during the last major collision near the moon with a diameter of 1,145 kilometers or 711.5 miles.

The moon’s surfaces contain small craters that have been created by meteorites colliding with rocky sand over millions of years. The flat sides were created and published in NASA’s Cunar Curation Laboratory when the slides were cut for scientific research. This ongoing search is essential because NASA continues to recognize our planet and moon, preparing for future missions to lunar orbit and beyond.

 

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