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Rock and Dirt you WANT to see!

ROCK:

Astronaut Edgar Mitchell holding a Moon Rock he personally collected during the Apollo 14 mission in 1971

Astronaut Edgar Mitchell holding a Moon Rock he personally collected during the Apollo 14 mission in 1971

“Our” moon rock is back!

We currently have on display a moon rock that was collected by Astronaut Edgar D. Mitchell during the Apollo 14 Mission in 1971. On Feb. 5, 2016 it will be exactly 45 years since Edgar Mitchell picked up this sample on the Moon. We are happy to say that the Moon Rock returns to the Science Museum 45 years after it was collected near the Fra Mauro highlands on the Moon. That was the site originally planned for the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission, but taken on by the Apollo 14 mission because of its geological importance to lunar studies. Current weight is 15 grams. We are very excited to be the host for this moon rock for the next year! Come and see a little piece of history from space at the Science Museum of Western Virginia.

 

DIRT:

Our “Dirt on Soil” exhibit is now open!

Healthy soil is a key ingredient to healthy crops and ultimately healthy bodies. In this exhibit, virtual farmers provide visitors with examples of soil types and discuss how their structural composition – impacting drainage, mineral exchange, etc -ultimately determines what crops can grow in it. They also show how technology is improving soil conditions making farming more productive in Virginia.  The “Dirt” on Soil exhibit is part of the Museum’s Healthy Earth gallery. It joins “Farm to Fridge” and “What Are You Really Eating?” to complete the  exhibit set.  We would like to thank Roanoke County Farm Bureau for making these wonderful exhibits possible.

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