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Van Tuyl Lecture: USGS

January 24 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

USGS Presentation

Topic: Unconventional Rocks

Abstract: U.S. Geological Survey is presenting on “unconventional rocks” recovered from the Moon during NASA’s Apollo Program.  The presentation begins with a newly revised video clip of the Apollo Saturn V rocket launch from Kennedy Space Center’s historic Launch Complex 39A.  Then, learn about the lunar geophysical experiments conducted on the Moon.  After the presentation, audience members are invited to view the Moon rocks on short-term loan from NASA.

Lunar rock samples are embedded in a lucite disc, which contains all six rock types recovered from the Moon.  Moon rocks include (1) mare basalt, (2) mare regolith, (3) breccia formed by meteorite impacts, (4) regolith fragments from the lunar highlands, (5) anorthosite from the lunar highlands, and (6) lunar volcanic ash.  Additionally, meteorite samples obtained during Antarctic expeditions will also be available to view.  This lucite disc is embedded with the main classifications of meteorites, which include (1) condrite, (2) carbonaceous chondrite, (3) basaltic achondrite, (4) iron octahedrite, and (5) stony-iron pallasite.


January 24
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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