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KU to Host NASA Exhibit with Touchable Moon Rock

Thursday, March 19, 2009

NASA astronauts on the moon
Rock Chalk, Moon Rock! The University of Kansas School of Engineering will host a traveling NASA exhibit that contains a moon rock brought back to Earth byone of KU’s first astronauts.

Driven to Explore is a mobile multimedia experience that showcases several NASA exploration programs including its next major initiative: Constellation. All visitors are welcome to tour the exhibit from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday, April 13, and Tuesday, April 14, at Eaton Hall on the KU Lawrence campus.  The walking tour includes breathtaking imagery and state of the art models of the Constellation program’s next generation launch vehicles and human spacecraft destined for use to explore the moon and beyond. Driven to Explore is designed for all ages and is wheelchair accessible.

As part of the free exhibit, visitors will learn why NASA is going back to the moon and how and what astronauts plan to do while there. Plus, visitors will have an opportunity to touch a 3 billion-year-old moon rock brought back aboard Apollo 17, in 1972. Captain Ron Evans, a 1956 electrical engineering graduate from KU, served as command module pilot on the Apollo 17 mission, the last scheduled manned-mission to the moon for the United States.  The moon rock is the centerpiece of the exhibit and is one of only seven lunar samples in the world made available for the public to touch and feel.

KU is the only scheduled appearance for Driven to Explore and the moon rock in northeast Kansas and the Kansas City metropolitan region.

For more information contact

Jill Hummels

, or call 785-864-2934

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