Students See a Piece of Space through NASA Rocks

Students in Mr. Kaleta, Mrs. Thomas, and Mrs Kronander's seventh-grade science classes just completed their Rocks and Minerals unit in class. As a tie-in to the unit, Mrs. Reynolds borrowed lunar and meteorite samples from the department of Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) from NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston. The lunar samples that were sent contained rocks and soil samples that were gathered by astronauts on the Apollo 15, 16, and 17 missions to the moon. Students were able to compare rocks such as basalt and breccia found here on Earth with samples that were from the moon. Additionally, students viewed meteorite samples from meteorites that hit the Earth's surface. One of the favorite samples was collected in 1836 and contained a solid piece of metal, as opposed to rock. Students also enjoyed viewing the lunar soil simulant that was developed by NASA.