Astronaut Edgar Mitchell traverses the moon during the Apollo 14 mission in 1971.
The Naranjo Museum of Natural History in Lufkin unveiled an almost 4 billion-year-old moon rock display this week that is on permanent loan from NASA’s Johnson Space Center. It came from the Apollo 14 space mission, and is the largest moon rock sample in NASA’s display collection.
Museum CEO Neal Naranjo says last year the museum displayed a small sample for a short time, and more than 330 school tours came through the museum to see it.
The Naranjo Museum of Natural History is an outgrowth of 40 years of archeological pursuits by Lufkinite Neal Naranjo. He built a 10,000 square-foot museum on Highway 59 south in Lufkin that will showcase his fossils and artifacts that once filled up his home. The ribbon cutting and grand opening is set for 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8.