Moon & Meteorites
Different Directions has a growing, quality collection of meteorites, and we use the collection to teach key facets of the Earth/Moon system, as well as provide a deeper understanding of some of Earth's great catastrophes.
As part of the NASA educational sample disk program, we also borrow sample disks from time to time. The NASA lunar samples are currently the only moon rocks that are available for scientific study and classroom examination.
Lunar samples are rocks and soils collected from the Moon and returned by Apollo astronauts and unmanned Soviet Luna missions. Meteorites are special rocks, mostly from asteroids, which arrived at Earth unaided by spacecraft and survived the fiery entry through the atmosphere.
The Moon samples and Meteorites are part of our classroom and community presentations, and are also a standalone teaching series.
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From our Blog
Here's a video program from the London Natural History Museum. The resident mineralogist is Caroline Smith, and she presents information about meteorites and how our solar system has formed.
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(Magnesium Iron Silicate)
Because I've stumbled across this mineral, or series of minerals,
in meteorites and volcanic bombs, I've linked to a good explanation
about the mineral.
What's interesting is that olivine is extremely abundant within
the earth, just not seen on the Earth's surface or crust.