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Samples Available for Educational Use

The NASA Astromaterials Curation Office, part of the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Directorate, sponsors the following programs that make samples available for use by education institutions. The typical loan period for samples in these programs is 2 weeks.

For K-12 Schools

The Lunar and Meteorite Sample Education Disk Program provides K-12 teachers with 6-in diameter clear acrylic disks containing six samples of either Moon rocks or Meteorites. Each disk is accompanied by written and graphic descriptions of each sample in the disk, a Powerpoint presentation on CD, a teacher workbook, and additional printable material. This program is limited to schools located in the United States of America.

For Colleges and Universities

The Lunar and Meteorite Petrographic Thin Section Program provides 12 polished thin sections of samples from either the Lunar or Meteorite collections for colleges and universities with a curriculum in the geosciences. Teaching materials and a sample disk of representative lunar or meteorite samples, embedded in acrylic, accompany each set of 12 slides.