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sfurtaw
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From: Saginaw, MI USA
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posted 06-24-2010 08:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for sfurtaw   Click Here to Email sfurtaw     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone know if/when Teacher In Space candidates were awarded moon samples? Has anyone ever seen one?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-24-2010 08:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
According to NASA, no individual has ever been (officially/legally) presented with an Apollo-returned lunar sample.

Per the space agency's lunar curatorial staff, the only moon rocks to have ever been released from U.S. government property were the goodwill gifts presented after the Apollo 11 and Apollo 17 missions, which were made to the populations of the states/nations to which they were gifted.

Astronauts were presented with/permitted to keep some lunar-dust stained items, but that is the extent to which NASA purposely and knowingly presented lunar material.

Speculating, but what the Teacher in Space candidates may have received were cast-replicas of moon rocks or perhaps lunar simulant...

SpaceAholic
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posted 06-25-2010 02:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ambassadors of Exploration doesnt count as an individual presentation?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-25-2010 03:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Ambassador of Exploration awards are presented in name only; the honorees do not own the lunar sample, nor for that matter does the educational institution or museum where they choose to have it displayed. The lunar samples embedded within the award remain the property of NASA and are provided on long-term loan.

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