Students and staff at Edison High School (EHS) recently had the opportunity to witness an extraterrestrial display courtesy of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) – rare lunar and meteorite samples. As a part of the NASA Lunar and Meteorite Sample Disk program designed for K-12 classroom educators, Mr. Bill Matheny, Edison High School Science Teacher, exhibited these samples for all to see.
Similar to a professional museum, Mr. Matheny’s classroom exhibit included rock and soil lunar samples, meteorite samples, informational material, educational activities, and even “moon-themed” music.
The lunar materials (pictured right) were collected by astronauts during the six Apollo missions to the Moon from 1968 to 1972. The lunar material is estimated to be over 4.5 billion years old. The meteorite material is also extraterrestrial, but was harvested on Earth.
In order to have access to these samples for Edison High, Mr. Matheny had to complete the NASA Authorized Sample Disk Certified course to ensure he understood the proper procedures when handling the priceless, educational materials.
As stated by NASA, these “national treasures” are distributed to K-12 institutions in a continued effort for educators and students to better understand the origin of the Moon and solar system.