Representatives of the National Museum and the U.S. Embassy will unveil a new museum display that features a rock collected by U.S. astronauts from the moon, said the embassy in a press release issued this morning.
The event will take place at the National Museum in Phnom Penh on Monday next week, it pointed out.
The moon rock was donated to Cambodia in 1973 and is one of the goodwill samples of moon rocks collected as part of the Apollo 17 mission in December 1972, it added.
The moon rock display will be part of an upcoming centenary anniversary at the National Museum where the museum will highlight different aspects of its collection, said the press release, stressing that the centenary anniversary is being organised in partnership with the A�colefrancaised'ExtrA�me-Orient (EFEO).
According to the same source, after six months of research, the embassy was able to find the history of the lunar sample. This will be the first time the moon rock will be displayed with the detailed explanation and background. The moon rock was donated to Cambodia by American Ambassador Emory Swank along with a letter from President Nixon to Cambodian National Education Minister H.E. Dr. KeoSangkim. The letter, in part, stated: If people of many nations can act together to achieve the dreams of humanity in space, then surely we can act together to accompany humanity's dream of peace here on earth.
The U.S. Embassy has prioritised Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) outreach and programmes in order to further Cambodia's development. We hope this display will inspire young people to pursue a STEM career, said the press release.
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press