There's been a lot of to-do about missing moon rocks lately, with a lively back and forth on the Arkansas history listserv and stories in the Dem-Gaz. Today comes a press release (on jump) from the Museum of Discovery about its new exhibit on — that's right! — moon rocks! The moon rocks — spokesman Katie McManners says "fragments" would be a better word for them — are on exhibit until April, one of several rotating exhibits from the museum's own holdings until the facility closes for renovation. The exhibit was planned before folks went into orbit over the rocks in December.
The MOD rocks were presented to the state by President Richard Nixon, the museum says, and are from the Apollo 11 flight. But the mystery hasn't cratered — still missing, apparently, are Arkansas's moon rocks from Apollo 17.
Just a little break from guns and politics.
Museum Exhibit Highlights Apollo 11 Moon Rock
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (January 14, 2011) A new exhibit at the Museum of Discovery features items gathered during the July 20, 1969 Apollo 11 flight to the Earth's moon.
The exhibit, on display through April 2, 2011, includes a case that was given to the state of Arkansas by President Richard Nixon. The case contains fragments ("moon rocks") from the Earth's moon. The case also contains a miniature Arkansas flag and a small plaque that reads, "The flag of your state was carried to the Moon and back by Apollo 11 and this fragment of the Moon's surface was brought to Earth by the crew of that first manned lunar landing." The exhibit also contains images from the Apollo 11 trip and information about the science and technology that was used for the trip. The exhibit was created by Joel Gordon, Director of Exhibits & Facilities.
The exhibit is open to the public and is included in the cost of admission.
The Museum of Discovery is undergoing construction and renovations to transform it into a premiere science center. The Museum remains open to the public through April 2, 2011. The Museum building will be closed from April to December 2011, with programs and activities continuing at locations around the state. A grand reopening is scheduled for January 2012.
About Museum of Discovery
Founded in 1927, the Museum of Discovery is the oldest museum in Little Rock. It remains a fixture of the River Market District in Downtown Little Rock, attracting visitors of all ages. The mission of the Museum is to ignite a passion for science, technology and math in a dynamic, interactive environment. In addition to permanent and traveling exhibits, the Museum offers special events, school programs, outreach programs, birthday parties and facility rentals.
In 2010, the Museum welcomed over 100,000 visitors and served over 500,000 people through its outreach programs, including those of the Arkansas Discovery Network. The Museum raises support through special events, individual and corporate donations, planned giving, bequests and special campaigns.
The Museum of Discovery is accredited by the American Association of Museums and a member of the Association of Science and Technology Centers and the Association of Children's Museums.