Moon Rock

The Deke Slayton Museum is home to the only piece of moon rock on display in the entire state of Wisconsin! It is on display as part of the Ambassador of Exploration Award which not only honors Deke Slayton, but the entire space exploration legacy.

To commemorate the 35th anniversary of human exploration of the moon, NASA created the Ambassador of Exploration Award in 2004. Recipients of the award include all astronauts from the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions in recognition of their dedication and sacrifice for the national goal of space exploration. Each award recipient selected a museum or other educational institution where their award is publicly displayed in their name to help inspire a new generation of explorers.

In 2006, Deke Slayton’s Ambassador of Exploration Award was posthumously bestowed to his widow, Bobbie Slayton, who chose the Deke Slayton Museum as the permanent home for the award. Over the years our piece of the moon has been seen and enjoyed by tens of thousands of visitors, inspiring people from all walks of life.