Please note that the Borrow the Moon scheme is currently unavailable, but following a major refresh, update of teaching materials and addition of new meteorite and rock specimens, the highly popular Lunar Loans and meteorites scheme will be relaunched in mid-January 2018. The number of kits available will increase from four to six. The new kit contents and teaching materials have been developed and evaluated with teachers and students by the National Space Academy to ensure they will be useful and inspirational for many years to come.
You may still apply to borrow the samples, 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