City College Coventry was extremely privileged to be loaned Meteorites and Moon Rocks last week for their students to study.
The samples are provided by the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and were collected in the late 1960s and early 1970s during some of NASA’s first manned space missions to the Moon. A massive 382kg of lunar material was brought back to Earth – mostly for use by scientists in their studies of the Moon, but small quantities are used to develop lunar and planetary sciences educational packages like this one.
The moon fragments came enclosed in a clear plastic disc because they are too small and precious to handle. There were some volcanic glass beads created by a lunar eruption three and a half billion years ago and found by astronauts on the Apollo 17 mission in 1972.
There was some anorthosite which is white rock from the moon’s highlands. And there was some solidified lava found in the moon’s dark lowlands.
Our lucky Level 3 Diploma Science students got the chance for the hands on study of these rare, irreplaceable and priceless objects with their Lecturer Lucy Denton. Lucy was responsible for getting the rocks to the College in the first place.
Lucy said, “It took months and months to get the samples to the College, there was so much paperwork and assurances I had to give regarding their security, but it was all worth it when they arrived last week.”
“All the students relished in the chance to hold and study these samples, they leant all about how they were formed, the different types of materials they are made off and speculated on the areas of the moon they came from.”
It was truly an out of this world experience!!!!