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Moon Rock and Space Stuff

Field review by the editors.

Oakland, California

The Chabot Space and Science Center is designed to appeal to kids, and its space-skew is noticeably forward -- getting young people excited about colonizing Mars -- rather than backward and historical. The Moon was so 1960s....

Still, a couple of exhibits in the Center acknowledge the Space Race years. There's a Mercury capsule where kids can sit, and a real Moon rock, 3.3 million years old, brought back to Earth by Apollo 15, and now sealed inside a bolted-down, bulletproof plexiglass pyramid.

Moon Rock and Space Stuff

Chabot Space and Science Center

Address:
10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland, CA
Directions:
Chabot Space and Science Center. Redwood Regional Park. Highway 13 Joaquin Miller exit. Left at Monterey Blvd., take 1st left onto Lincoln Ave. Continue onto Joaquin Miller Rd then turn left at the Skyline Blvd traffic light, go 1.5 miles to the Center.
Hours:
W-Su 10-5 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
510-336-7300
Admission:
Adults $18.
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