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Surprise "Touch the Moon" Moment for the Mars Generation

A great crowd of space and science enthusiasts attended our June 17 moon landing anniversary event with NASA Solar Ambassador Mark Benson who shared insider stories of the Apollo 11 mission, video of the landing drama,  and took questions--including one from a child who asked ”did they make it?”

The audience recalled witnessing the first person stepping on the moon and kids learned they are part of  the “Mars Generation,” that will witness or be part of the space mission that puts the first human on Mars, estimated to happen sometime in the 2030s. 

A big surprise, the Adler Planetarium lent the Ambassador and the Woodridge Library a sliver of a moon rock – found in the Sahara Desert and thought to be the result of a meteor hitting the moon, and verified as a moon rock by comparing it to the rocks brought back by the Apollo 11 crew. Audience members had the chance to “touch the moon” and observe the small piece of rock. The rock has now been returned to the Adler’s collection.