Moon Rock at STAGS
Exciting rare samples of moon rocks and a collection of impressive meteorites landed at St Albans Girls’ School on Monday 6 March for a week’s visit.
Students were able to enjoy a unique, interactive experience of astronomy. Highlights included getting up close and personal with some hand-sized meteorites, enabling students to touch a real piece of space. Included in the educational pack is a 1.2 billion year old piece of Mars (Nakhla Meteorite) and a 4.3 billion year old nickel meteorite – the oldest object you will ever hold in your hands! Our solar system is only 4.6 billion years old.
The lunar samples, provided by the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) 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.
Jane Butt from STFC said, “This is a great opportunity for young people to be able to see, touch and really experience such important and exciting messengers from space –turning Science fiction into Science fact. It’s an unforgettable experience to be able to hold such an important part of Science history that has made such an incredible journey over millions of miles to reach us – and one we hope will inspire the Scientists of the future!”
Dara Jeckells in Year 12 said, “It was a rare and an incredible opportunity to see, feel and touch real rocks form space.”
Mr Zarrouq, Physics Curriculum Leader