At the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, they have an exhibit with a rock brought back from the moon by the astronauts of Apollo 14. The rock is made of material that solidified after the lunar surface was melted by a meteorite impact many millions of years ago
Most people stop for a few seconds at this exhibit and move on. I guess that in their minds a rock is not something very exciting. However, my reaction to this exhibit was: wow! Mankind first took to the air in powered flight on 1903 when the Wright Brothers flew their rudimentary glider at the beach at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, and only 66 years later in 1969, the Apollo 11 spacecraft landed on the moon. This rock is a fragment of another world! It was brought back to our planet by our species across 240,000 miles of the dark, cold, void of space. This awe inspiring achievement is a testament to the power of science and technology and our determination and yearning to dream, explore, and discover. I look at this rock and not only merely marvel at what we have accomplished, but I also wonder what amazing discoveries and feats we will achieve in the future.