Wed, Jan 06, 2010
Carried By Former Astronaut To The Summit Of Mount Everest
A moon rock collected during the historic Apollo 11 mission
more than 40 years ago will be heading back to space and a new home
aboard the International Space Station, sharing quarters with a
piece of Mt. Everest.
On May 20, 2009, former NASA astronaut Scott Parazynski carried
the rock to the top of Mt. Everest where he collected a rock from
the world's highest mountain to accompany the lunar sample for its
return to space.
During an event January 6 at Space Center Houston, Parazynski
(pictured, below) will present both rocks to NASA
astronaut and STS-130 mission Commander George Zamka. Zamka will
deliver the rocks to the space station during space shuttle
Endeavour's mission next month.
Collected from the Sea of Tranquility on the lunar surface, the
moon rock and its Mt. Everest companion will be displayed inside
the station's Tranquility module, which the STS-130 crew will
deliver to the station.
During the presentation, Parazynski will share the story of his
journey to the top of the world and what inspired him to carry
along the lunar sample.
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