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Meteorites Discovered In Shropshire

Salopians of all ages got their hands-on rare samples of moon rocks and meteorites recently, which were truly out of this world. Individuals and families were encouraged to reach for the stars and learn more about the Universe around us during a wide range of interactive experiences as guests of the Shropshire Astronomical Society (SAS). The Lunar Samples were collected in the late 1960s and early 1970s during some of NASA’s first manned space missions to the Moon. During these missions, a staggering 382kg of material was brought back to Earth – mostly for use by scientists, but small quantities are used to develop educational packs for outreach work to inspire the public. Samples like these can tell us a great deal about the planets, from which they originate, but there is still much to learn – and STFC hopes these packs will encourage students to become the next generation of astronomers. The Meteorites are pieces of rock from space that fall to Earth. They come from a variety of places and the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s collection includes samples from the main asteroid belt between Jupiter and Mars, from the Moon and even one from Mars

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