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, FL 33301
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The moon rock and life-size astronauts are on permanent display for free, public viewing. Broward County Library, located at 100 South Andrews Avenue in Fort Lauderdale, is the only public library in the nation to have an exhibit of a real moon rock. This precious material is typically exhibited at science museums and schools.
This moon rock is an Ambassador of Exploration Award given by NASA to Susan Eisele Black on behalf of her husband, Donn Eisele. She, in turn, has selected Broward County Library as the location for the gift.
On October 11, 1968, Donn F. Eisele occupied the command module pilot seat for the 11-day flight of Apollo 7, sharing the adventure with spacecraft commander Walter M. Schirra, Jr. and Walter Cunningham. Apollo 7 was the first manned mission in the Apollo program to be launched. It was an 11-day earth-orbital mission, the first manned launch of the Saturn IB launch vehicle, and the first 3-man American space mission. A video of Apollo 7’s contributions to the space race can be viewed near the moon rock’s exhibit case.
NASA is giving the Ambassador of Exploration Award to the first generation of explorers in the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space programs for realizing America’s vision of going to the moon. NASA also is recognizing several other key individuals who played significant roles in the early space programs.
The moon rock award will serve as an inspiration to a new generation of explorers who will help us return humans to the moon and eventually on to Mars and beyond. The award is part of the 842 pounds of samples collected during the six Apollo lunar expeditions from 1969 to 1972.
Sponsored by the Broward Public Library Foundation