Winnipeg MB (December 14, 2016): On December 14, a NASA Moon Rock lands at the Manitoba Museum Science Gallery for a limited time. This exhibit, presented by Magellan Aerospace, invites visitors to take in an authentic lunar rock collected during the Apollo 17 mission to the Moon in 1972. The rock is on loan to the Museum from NASA (the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration). The only other time a moon rock was in Manitoba was for four days in 1971. There will be more time to see the NASA Moon Rock exhibit this time – it won’t be taking off again until June 25, 2017.
Visitors to this temporary exhibit in the Science Gallery will learn what this priceless rock tells us about the origins of the Moon. “We will share the harrowing tale of how the moon rock journeyed from the Earth to the Moon, and then back again,” says Scott Young, Manager of the Science Gallery and Planetarium.
“From the Moon to the Museum, this rock has travelled almost 400,000 kilometers to join us for the Holiday Season! Imagine, this is the closet you may ever get to connect with an authentic piece of the moon,” said Debra Fehr, Director of Marketing, Sales and Programs. “The Moon plays a large part in our stories and mythology. From the songs we sing to the star-gazer in all of us, the Moon plays a singularly important role in our culture. Make sure you take the time for this once-in-a-lifetime encounter.”
“We are pleased to be working with the Manitoba Museum again”, said Paul Heide, General Manager of Magellan Aerospace, Winnipeg. “We are proud to support bringing the exhibit of this unique space artifact to Manitobans, as we have supported NASA’s space programs for more than 50 years with made-in-Manitoba technology like the Black Brant sounding rocket and scientific space payloads. This small moon rock is a large symbol of mankind’s accomplishments in space and has much to teach us about our world and our place in it.”
While in the Science Gallery visitors will have a new appreciation for the Moon globe that has been on display for some time. This very globe was used by Apollo astronauts in training for their historic missions to the Moon, learning how to navigate to their landing sites. Visitors will also be able to touch an authentic meteorite and make their own lunar craters in the Boeing Explore Science Gallery.
The Planetarium Star Theatre features Back to the Moon for Good, which recounts the past, present and future of lunar exploration. The award-winning Google Lunar XPRIZE full-dome planetarium show examines the past, present and future of lunar exploration, and chronicles how teams around the world are competing for the largest international incentivized prize in history, by landing a robotic spacecraft on the Moon.
Access to the NASA Moon Rock and the Boeing Explore Science Zone is included with regular paid admission to the Science Gallery. Planetarium shows are separate admission. Multi-venue discounts are available.