Kids Want To Know: What Does The Moon Feel Like?

GREENSBORO, NC -- Only 12 American men can say they've been on the moon. You'd think they'd be able to say they know what the moon feels like, but they can't. Actually, no one can.

Roandhy sent 2 Wants To Know his Kids Want To Know question: "I wonder how the moon feels like."

The answer has a few layers.

If you're about how warm, or cold the moon is, it depends what part of the moon you're on. There are places on the moon where the sun never shines. It can be as cold as -459 degrees Fahrenheit. And if you go to the hottest part of the moon, it's 212 degrees Fahrenheit.

But if we're talking about moon rocks, no one knows what it feels like. It's been 45 years since man first landed on the moon. Apollo astronauts brought back 840 pounds of rock from the moon, but Dr. Ryan Zeiglar from NASA's Johnson Space Center explains why no one gets to touch them.

"They are very special samples and we're doing our best to keep them just like they were on the moon," Dr. Zeiglar said. "We only store them in specialized cabinets and no one has ever really touched the rocks."

Dr. Zeiglar said there are a few people who work in the lab who have special training who are allowed to put their hands in and move the samples.

"I'm not allowed to do that and I'm in charge," said Dr. Zeiglar.

The lab uses lunar samples to figure out how old the earth is, how old the solar system is, where Jupiter formed.

Dr. Zeiglar told 2 Wants To Know a small piece of one rock, collected by Jack Schmidt (the only astronaut who was a geologist), was given to every state and country in the world as goodwill gift. It's called the Children of the World Rock.

Dr. Zeiglar also said an astronaut has a moon rock secret.

"The one with all the holes in it is from Apollo 15. We call it the seat belt rock because Dave Scott really wanted to collect it but ran out of time," Dr. Zeiglar said. "He told mission control his seat belt had come loose and in that time, while he was fixing his seat beat, he jumped up and got a rock and ran back."

Dr. Zeiglar said people frequently ask if the moon rock are real. His response?

"I'd like to assure everyone that the moon rocks are in fact real and we really did go to the moon and get them."

Because so many kids had this same question, there are pieces of moon rock on display at eight museums, where you can get your hands on them. Three of those museums include the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., and the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.


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