Photos From Moon and Everest Rock Event at NASA

STS-130 Commander George Zamka receives a plaque containing a piece of the summit of Mt. Everest and the Apollo 11 moon rocks that Scott Parazynski carried to the summit of Mt. Everest.

Scott Parazynski, Miles O'Brien, and Keith Cowing were in Houston Texas on Wednesday for the formal return of the Moon rocks we brought to Everest and the presentation of a piece of the summit of Everest to NASA. Both rocks will ride into space on the STS-130 Space Shuttle mission and will reside as a permanent exhibit inside the new International Space Station Node "Tranquility". The rocks will be mounted next to a large window or cupola inside the node such that anyone looking at the Earth below will see the Moon and Everest rocks at the same time. By a curious coincidence the Moon rocks were collected during the Apollo 11 mission from the Sea of "Tranquility".

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Scott Parazynski and Miles O'Brien during the hand over event at Space Center Houston on 6 Jan 2010.

Plaque containing a piece of the summit of Mt. Everest and the Apollo 11 moon rocks that Scott Parazynski carried to the summit of Mt. Everest.

L to R: Scott Parazynski, STS-130 Commander George Zamka, Keith Cowing, Miles O'Brien. Scott is holding a plaque containing a piece of the summit of Mt. Everest and the Apollo 11 moon rocks he carried to the summit. George and Keith hard holding Explorers Club flag #114 which Scott carried to the summit of Mt. Everest. Scott, Keith, and Miles are fellows of the Explorers Club. Picture taken 6 Jan 2010 at Space Center Houston.

The down suit, breathing gear, and climbing gear that Scott Parazynski used in his climb to the summit of Mt. Everest on display at Space Center Houston on 6 Jan 2010.

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