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Museum exhibit features out-of-this-world items

PIGGOTT, AR (KAIT) - On any normal day inside the Matilda and Karl Pfeiffer Museum you'll find minerals and Native American Artifacts, but on Tuesday samples from moon missions in 1969 to 1972 sat on display.

"We have some moon rocks from the Apollo program brought back from the astronauts from Apollo 14, 15, 16 and 17," said Solar System Ambassador and Saturn Observation Campaign member Kenneth Renshaw.

The Piggott Native said he wanted the chance to show the community and students in the surrounding areas a part of history.

"We know how historic of an event it was when they landed on the moon," said Renshaw. "I've had special training on handling the moon rocks and was certified to receive some as an educator, because I thought maybe I'd generate interest in science and the space program."

Renshaw said bringing a part of space to Piggott is an opportunity that doesn't come around often.

He enjoys teaching students and showing them real pieces of the moon.

"It's a little unusual to see something like this and I had it here a couple of years ago, it generated a lot of interest in many of the students," he said.

However, it doesn't stop there. Renshaw displays a piece of an 820 pound meteorite, and tells the story of when it landed in Paragould over 84 years ago.

For any school class or organization interested in a showing of the moon rocks, and meteorites, free of charge may contact him at 870 598-7930 or by email at renshaw@newwavecomm.net

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