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Lunar Artifacts
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To log and categorize moon rocks and lunar artifacts that have been brought back to earth during any lunar exploration. Although Apollo is the most famous, we will accept other lunar mission. In total, there are over 850 pounds of moon rocks on earth that were brought back during these missions. Some are displayed in public museums, while others are in universities and colleges around the globe. Each year, over 400 specimens are given to museum and universities worldwide.
Expanded Description:

This category is looking for any lunar specimen on public display. By lunar specimen, we mean any item that has been to the moon AND has been brought back to Earth. By public, it must be either on display, in a museum of exhibit, or in a college or university laboratory. Refer to the list below to know if exactly what we are looking for.

The most common and obvious form of a Lunar specimen can be in the form of moon rocks or lunar dust. Lunar dust can be present on astronauts suits from the Apollo missions or on display (usually in a jar or similar container). Any of these would be acceptable independent waymarks.

Other forms of acceptable waymarks are Apollo 11-17 spacecraft from the moon since the inside of the service module contains lunar dust when the door was open on the surface. We will not accept Apollo 11-17 spacecraft that didn't actually visit the moon. This would exclude Apollo 13 from the category because the astronauts never reached the surface of the moon. Surveyor 3, which was actually visited by Apollo 12, had some parts taken back to earth which are now displayed in a few museums.

The common idea here is to submit a site or object that has actually visited the surface of the moon no matter how small. Below is a comprehensive list to give you an idea of what type of items or places may be accepted into this category:

-- Moon rocks

-- Apollo (11-17 except 13) Command Modules

-- Grave sites of astronauts who have walked on the moon (excluding those who only stayed in the service module)

-- Surveyor 3 scrap parts

-- Space suits / helmets / boots used on the surface on the moon

-- Cameras and filming equipment used to broadcast images from the moon

-- Personal items brought to the surface of the moon (photos, tools, golf clubs)

-- Items inside service module (pens, note pads, electric panels, food bags, etc.) that visited the surface of the moon.

Forms of acceptable waymarks in this category include:

Apollo 16 Moon Rock - Pasadena, CA

Moon Rock - San Diego, CA

Apollo 11 Command Module - Washington, D.C.

Instructions for Posting a Lunar Artifacts Waymark:

Please read our expanded description FIRST

In order for a waymark to be published in this category, you may follow these guidelines below. Of course there will be exceptions that will be decided by our officers on a case by case basis.

1. Although lunar specimens exist in many museums around the world with different languages, not all of our category officers will speak the native language of the respective country. In order to make reviewing a bit faster, we require all waymarks to be submitted with an English translation. If you aren't already fluent in English, you can use an online translator. Although not perfect, it will give the category managers enough information to decide if your waymark should be accepted into this category. This is to ensure the reviewers as well as anyone in the world to have a basic platform of understanding. It also helps the reviewers review the listing to ensure accuracy.

2. You must find and located a public display of a lunar specimen. If it is behind closed doors at a research lab or public institution, this will be accepted on one of two conditions: ONLY if photos of the lunar specimen are possible by the public OR if permission has been granted by the institution for the public to request to see it. An example of this would be to have a visitor sign in at the lab or school and will be able to see the lunar specimen up close. A little extra work to see it, but it's still publicly available.

3. If more than one lunar specimen display exists per site / building, then you may submit different waymarks for each display ONLY if each display is independent of each other. This means if a museum had different wings for different Apollo missions and each wing had lunar specimens from each mission this would be okay. Do not submit waymarks for multiple specimens inside the same display case.

4. You must personally take a minimum of two (2) photos. The more photos you take, the better quality waymark it will become and it will also help our reviewers know for sure if your waymark should be accepted if there is any doubt. Ideally, one must be a clear shot of the lunar specimen up close, but not too close where we cannot observe the entire specimen. Another photo must be a photo showing the area of the display so that it is easier to locate. If there is any plaques or signs, you must upload an additional clear legible photo. If no signage is present, then you must provide a reliable website link in the variable section below. Make sure to leave a note to the officers so we can wave this requirement. Although helpful, Wikipedia is not reliable enough for this type of category.

5. You must mark the GPS coordinates of the lunar specimen. If the display is in a building, then the coordinates should be for the main entrance. Directions should also be given in the long description of how to find the specimen once inside, but are not required. A photo of a map will be very helpful to future finders. If the display is outside, then obviously this is not an issue.

7. In the long description, explain where this lunar specimen came from. What space mission was it on? Who collected it? How old is it? etc. Write as much as you know about the specimen. Usually, if there is a plaque or sign, you may copy it's inscription here as a replacement. Be aware that you must properly cite your sources.

8. To keep waymarks in an organized pattern, the naming should be in the follow formats depending on what you are waymarking. You may decide to name your waymark anything you wish, but keep is simple and to the point to clearly identify what you are wayamarking. If it's a display case, use the name of the display case. If it's a specific spacecraft, use the name of the spacecraft. Follow the examples below to get a broader sense of this requirement, but usually you'll need to add the name of the mission to the name of the waymark.

Name of Object, Exhibit, Display, or Laboratory - City/Town, State/Providence, Country (if outside US and CAN)


Apollo 16 Moon Rock - Pasadena, CA

Apollo 17 Moon Rock - San Diego, CA

Surveyor 3 Scrap Part - Pasadena, CA

Apollo 11 Command Module - Washington, DC

Apollo 11 Camera - Chantilly, VA

Instructions for Visiting a Waymark in this Category:
1. You must have personally visited the site and write about your experience. In order to prove you visited the site, you must have taken at least one (1) clear, legible photo of the lunar specimen.
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