The Moon is a dead world. It has no atmosphere or water, so it cannot support life. The mountain building and erosive forces that have shaped the Earth do not exist on the Moon. Instead the Moon’s surface has been shaped largely by impacts. From Earth we can see only one side of the Moon. Here, you can also investigate its hidden side.
The topography of this model was portrayed by Don Davis, refined from Clementine mission data with reference to Lunar Orbiter and other photography.
The topography of this model is from Smith et al., 1997, and is based on data acquired during the Clementine mission.
Interactive exhibits include floor scales at various locations that display a visitor’s weight on Mars, Jupiter, the Sun, and other celestial bodies.
Apollo 15 astronauts David Scott and James Irwin collected this sample of basalt from the Moon on August 1, 1971.
The Museum has four Moon rocks, the most on display in the United States except for the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. All four were collected by astronauts during the Apollo lunar missions in the 1970s.