Moon rock is on display at Calvin College

Moon Rock being displayed at Calvin Collge

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - A piece of outer space has landed in West Michigan.  A moon rock is now on display at Calvin College.  It's part of a new display at Calvin's Mineralogical Museum.

"This is one of the samples that was collected during the Apollo 15 mission and that was in 1971," says Professor Renee Sparks.

Although the mission is not as famous as others it still featured breakthroughs for NASA.

"This is the first mission that used a rover in which it went out from the landing site to several locations," says Sparks.

The rock is 3.9 billion years old and composed of a mineral similar to Besalt which is found on earth with one big difference.

"The lunar rock the difference in the mineral is that mineral doesn't contain any water and so it's very dry," says Sparks.

The moon rock is on loan from NASA specifically for Calvin's museum.  NASA is very strict with lending out artifacts so Professor Sparks had to travel to Houston herself and keep the rock in her possession.  

Calvin College will have the moon rock on display for the next 90 days.  The museum is open to the public from Wednesday through Friday.

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