Reminiscent of the ending of the first Indiana Jones movie, Apollo 11 moon rocks have been discovered in a government storage area at the Veterans Service Building in St. Paul. No one can explain how they got there or how long they’ve been there.
Five moon rocks the size of pebbles are part of a transparent desktop display that includes a small Minnesota flag, one of 50 state flags flown along on the first moon-landing mission. Every state received one of these moon rock displays from President Richard Nixon to commemorate Neil Armstrong’s and Buzz Aldrin’s visit to the lunar surface on July 20, 1969.
Minnesota actually deserves credit, not censure: at least they know where theirs is. A former historian for the Minnesota National Guard checked up and found most of the moon rocks from the Apollo 11 and 17 missions given by Nixon as goodwill gestures are unaccounted for today.
Now that the display has been found, it will be transferred to the Minnesota Historical Society on November 28 in a ceremony before a gathering of children at Science and Technology Academies Reinforcing Basic Aviation and Space Exploration (STARBASE) Minnesota. Located at the Minnesota Air National Guard base, STARBASE educates and encourages urban youngsters in the study of science, technology, engineering and math.
[Via Chronicles of the Dawn Patrol.]