Swindon primary schools investigate moon rocks collected by lunar landings

By Roger Ogle - 16 July 2019

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Rare samples of moon rock have been seen and handled by thousands of children at primary schools across Swindon in the 45 years since the Apollo moon landings took place from July 1969 to 1972.

Pupils have been able to get up close to meteorites and dust on loan from the Swindon based UK Science and Technology Facilities Council. Most of the 382kg of lunar material brought back to Earth has been studied by scientists around the world, but small quantities were distributed for use in planetary science educational packages in different countries.

2010 January: Children at Haydon Wick Primary School holding moon rock

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