Please note that the Borrow the Moon scheme is currently unavailable as we are refreshing and updating the loan kits and the teaching support materials. Further information regarding the re-launch of the scheme will be posted here, as soon as it becomes available.
You may still apply to borrow the samples and will be added to a waiting list. We will deal with the applications in date order and will let you know whether the dates you request become available or discuss possible alternatives.
You can borrow samples of Moon rock and Meteorites, in STFC's Loan Scheme.
Valuable samples of moon rock and soil were brought back to Earth by NASA's Apollo astronauts. STFC is the only authorised source for the loan of this precious material to educational or scientific organisations within the United Kingdom. Five educational packages are available free of charge (including special security delivery/collection) for short term loans of lunar samples and meteorites.
The samples were collected during NASA's manned space missions to the Moon in the late 1960s and early 1970s. During these missions the Apollo astronauts brought back to earth 382 kilograms of lunar material. NASA decided to use a small proportion of the rock and soil to develop lunar and planetary sciences educational packages.
The pack also includes meteorite samples, one is an actual piece of Mars. Educational support material suitable for all ages, together with Moon maps and photographic slides allow this resource to be tailored to the needs and abilities of any group.
Normal loan period: One Week, Monday - Friday.
Please give us at least four months notice for booking the lunar samples.
The application form will not fully display until you have agreed to the security rules.
* The thin sections are only available to University level students.
There are five educational packages available to borrow from STFC.
|Colour of bag:-
(Primary school - adult)
|Encapsulated disc of lunar samples||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||None|
|Encapsulated disc of Meteorite||None||None||None||Yes||None|
|Meteorite thin sections||None||None||None||None||Yes|
|Twelve lunar thin samples||None||None||None||None||Yes|
We can help you advertise the loan of the lunar and meteorite samples to your institution. During the security visit to the site of the loan you will be asked if you require an STFC press release to be issued. This would then be issued at the start of the loan to your local media, who would then contact the loan official at their school/venue. For details, please contact the press office.
If you have any further queries concerning the scheme, please contact:
STFC's Public Engagement Team
Tel: +44 (0)1793 442 030