Touching a real piece of the Moon connects you to humanity’s exploration of space.
This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.
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Both the first U.S. artificial satellite and the Apollo lunar missions were part of American scientific research in space.
<p>The touchable Moon rock made the first leg of its journey to Earth aboard the Apollo 17 lunar module (LM-12), named Challenger.</p>
<p>The final leg of the Moon rock’s journey to Earth was aboard the command module <i>America</i>, similar to the Apollo 11 command module, <i>Columbia</i>.</p>
<p>Robert McCall designed the mission patch for Apollo 17, the flight that brought the touchable Moon rock back to Earth.</p>