The Harvard Museum of Natural History marks the 50th anniversary of the first manned mission to the Moon with the unveiling of the Cosmic Origins exhibition in the museum’s Earth & Planetary Sciences gallery. An original sample of lunar rock, collected by Astronaut Alan L. Bean from the Moon’s surface during the NASA Apollo 12 mission on November 19, 1969, is displayed as the highlight of the mini-exhibit.
The science behind the exhibit was informed by Rebecca A. Fischer, Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Alyssa Goodman, Robert Wheeler Wilson Professor of Applied Astronomy, co-Director for Science at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and Research Associate of the Smithsonian Institution, and a team of Harvard University graduate students from both Earth and Planetary Sciences and Astronomy.
Cosmic Origins is a new, permanent addition to the Earth and Planetary Sciences gallery. The NASA lunar sample is on loan to the museum until November 27, 2019.
Visit exhibit site: https://hmnh.harvard.edu/cosmic-origins