The Museon moon rock
In the Museum you can now "touch the moon". The city of The Hague has a moon rock on loan from NASA. Extra special is that the stone may be touched! There are only ten examples worldwide where this is possible.
The moon rock was taken during the Apollo 17 mission in December 1972. The stone is 3.8 billion years old. Apollo 17 landed in the Taurus-Littrow Valley on the moon at the edge of the Sea of Serenity. Astronauts Harrison "Jack" Schmitt and Eugene Cernan brought more than 740 individual rock and soil samples from here. Our small moon rock weighs 25 grams and is of a basalt type. This is a fine-grained, dark-coloured coagulation rock rich in iron, magnesium and plagioclase feldspar - a common mineral on earth. Like many other basalt on the moon, the stone contains more titanium than normal basalt. The stone is placed in a special open container in the exhibition " Satellites" and may be touched.