Lunar Educational Package
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has prepared a sample
package containing 12 thin sections of lunar material and a disk of six small,
encapsulated lunar samples. The sample packages are available to colleges and
universities having a curriculum in the geosciences. The purpose of this program
is to provide lunar material for study and description by students with
- A lunar thin section set consisting of 12 polished sections of rocks
and soils, specifically selected to be representative of the lunar
- A booklet which gives descriptions of representative thin sections of
each sample included in the set. The booklet also has a brief
introduction to lunar sample science.
(Booklet compiled by Charles Meyer is
now available electronically for your convenience and a hard copy will
not be sent with package.)
- A lunar disk containing six lunar samples. Basalt, breccia, and
anorthosite rock samples: highland and mare soils; and the glass-bead
"orange soil" are represented.
- A 16-minute video tape entitled, "Samples from the Moon."
The Lunar Petrographic Thin Section Package is available to any educational
institution offering undergraduate or graduate courses in the geosciences.
Any college or university faculty member may apply for use of the Lunar
Petrographic Thin Section Package by making application by letter on
Please include the following information in your official letter of
- Name of institution
- Address of the institution
- Telephone number
- Planned use
Please send your official letter of application to:
Education Sample Curator
Mail Code KT
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
2101 NASA Parkway
Houston, Texas 77058-3696
Cooperative Loan Agreement
The Lunar Petrographic Thin Section Package is made available only after the
educational institution and NASA have entered into a cooperative loan agreement.
Lunar samples are the property of the United States Government and are considered
irreplaceable. It is, therefore, essential that rigorous security and
accountability procedures be followed by all persons having access to the
samples. Such procedures are included in the cooperative loan agreement which
must be signed by NASA and the institutional officials. The agreement basically
outlines the responsibilities of the institution and NASA for the safeguarding
of the material during its use. Sample security requirements include, but are
not limited to: (a) the samples must be under the constant control of an
authorized official; (b) the samples must be stored in a storage cabinet with a
combination lock when not in use; and (c) the sample storage area must be checked
by appropriate security officials during non-working hours.
The package may be hand-carried, or it may be transported by registered mail.
NASA will mail the package to the user, and it is the responsibility of the user
to return the package to NASA. There is no other cost to the educational
institution for the use of the material.
- Standard petrographic microscope with reflected light capability
- Binocular microscope for viewing the disk
- VHS video cassette player and TV monitor