A new exhibit at the Museum of Discovery, 500 President Clinton Ave. in Little Rock's River Market, features items gathered during the July 20, 1969 Apollo 11 flight to the Earth's moon.
The exhibit, on display through April 2, includes a case that was given to the state of Arkansas by President Richard Nixon. The case contains fragments (moon rocks) from the Earth's moon.
The case also contains a miniature Arkansas flag and a small plaque that reads, "The flag of your state was carried to the Moon and back by Apollo 11 and this fragment of the Moon's surface was brought to Earth by the crew of that first manned lunar landing."
Images from the Apollo 11 trip and information about the science and technology that was used for the trip are part of the exhibit, created by Joel Gordon, the museum's director of exhibits and facilities.
Admission to the exhibit is included in the museum's regular admission charge of $8 for adults and $7 for children 1-12. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday adn 1- 5 p.m. Sunday.
For more information call (501) 396-7050.
The Museum of Discovery is undergoing construction and renovations to transform it into a premiere science center. The Museum remains open to the public through April 2, 2011. The Museum building will be closed from April to December, with programs and activities continuing at locations around the state. A grand reopening is scheduled for January 2012.