Apollo 15 moon rock on display at Calvin College

Apollo 15 moon rock at Calvin College
Left: The moon rock on display at Calvin College. (Dr. Jason Van Horn/Calvin College) Right: Apollo 15 during its 1971 mission. (NASA)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A small piece of major space history is ready for public viewing at Calvin College.

A moon rock collected during Apollo 15’s weeklong mission to the moon in is now available for viewing at the Bruce Dice Mineralogical Museum in Grand Rapids.

The rock weighs less than 5 ounces but carries huge historic weight. It’s one of the lunar samples collected by Apollo 15’s astronauts, who spent three days on the moon’s surface in July 1971. Apollo 15 was the first of the Apollo J missions capable of a longer stay time on the moon.

“It’s not impressive in and of itself, but what it represents about human accomplishments… And our own scientific advancement is incredible,” said Calvin College student Daniel Blakemore.

The moon rock is the first to be displayed at Calvin College. It’s on loan from NASA.

Blakemore says Geology professor Renee Sparks had to follow strict security measures when she brought the sample back from the Johnson Space Center in Houston last week.

The moon rock will be on display at Calvin College’s Bruce Dice Mineralogical Museum until Feb. 15.