By: Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News
November 7, 2017
VALDOSTA, Ga. (WCTV) -- Valdosta Middle School students had the privilege to hold two pieces of history this week.
Students had the opportunity to hold samples of a meteorite that is 4.5 billion years old and samples of moon rocks that astronauts brought back to Earth. Both were on display at the school with permission from NASA.
Gene Fandel, Assistant Principal for Valdosta Middle School, said, “There are so many numerous fields. If they want to be a doctor. They need those at NASA. We need all those. So anything they want to do is there for them, and bringing these rocks gives them a real world experience.”
A Valdosta State University science professor also visited the school to teach students about the rocks. He says in 10 years, he hopes they can be holding samples from NASA’s future trip to Mars.
The rocks are now locked up in a local bank, guarded by a security detail.