The Lunar Touchstone

Touch a piece of the moon. This rock was brought back to Earth by the Apollo 17 crew in December 1972. Astronauts Harrison Schmitt and Eugene “Gene” Cernan collected the sample in the Valley of Taurus-Littrow, an area similar to the Grand Canyon, located on the edge of the Sea of Serenity in the upper right quadrant of the moon as viewed from Earth.

The Apollo 17 mission collected the most tonnage of lunar rocks of any mission to land on the moon. Cernan and Schmitt returned with 110.4 kilograms (243.4 pounds) of lunar samples.

There are only eight lunar rocks available to touch by the general public in the world. This one is 3.8 billion years old.