Moon Rock On Public Display At Dark Sky Festival
By Space Coast Daily // March 1, 2014
festival RUNS FEB. 28 - MAR. 1
ABOVE VIDEO: The purpose of the Dark Sky Festival at Harmony is to expose the general public to the marvels of astronomy and the importance of protecting dark skies – not just for astronomy purposes, but also for the values that darkness provides to area wildlife.
HARMONY, FLORIDA — A lunar sample (moon rock) from NASA will be on public display both nights of the 11th Annual Dark Sky Festival set for Feb. 28 and March 1 in Harmony, Fla.
This Apollo 15 lunar sample (moon rock) on display at the Dark Sky Festival this weekend was collected by Astronaut Dave Scott near the Lunar Module on the Apollo 15 mission.
This rock weighs 93.131grams. It is a fragment of the original rock which weighed 4,770 grams when returned to Earth.
The sample is a breccia. Lunar highland breccias are very old, about 3,900,000,000 years, older than 99.99% of all Earth rocks.
Admission and parking to the festival is free and is open to the public.
The Dark Sky Festival raises awareness of the importance of dark skies for astronomy and wildlife.
FESTIVAL WILL INCLUDE SPECIAL GUESTS FROM NASA
We offer a variety of educational sessions and activities on space, science, and technology in general for all ages. With special guests from NASA, former astronauts, telescopes available to scan the heavens, planetarium shows, and more, this Festival has made its mark on the Central Florida area.
Bring the entire family out to Harmony on Feb. 28 and March 1, you don’t want to miss out on this star-studded event.
Harmony is located on U.S. 192 in Osceola County, 35 minutes from both Orlando and Melbourne, and only 25 minutes from the Lake Nona Medical City.