A Moon rock from the Lunar Sample Laboratory at NASA's Johnson Space Center is on loan to the White House. The Moon rock went on display in the Oval Office on Wednesday, Jan. 20, and is a symbolic recognition of earlier generations’ ambitions and accomplishments, and support for America’s current Moon to Mars exploration approach.
Like the rest of the federal government, NASA made the transition to a new administration on Jan. 20. In a message to employees, Acting Administrator Steve Jurczyk said, “The Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, combating climate change, and creating economic opportunity for all Americans is real – and we all have a role to play in turning that commitment into action. At NASA, we embrace diversity because we understand that different opinions, backgrounds, and perspectives create an enriching environment that fuels innovation and personal growth.”
Jurczyk also thanked former Administrator Jim Bridenstine and former Deputy Administrator Jim Morhard “for their service and leadership of the agency through the many great successes and formidable challenges of the last few years.”