Historical society over the moon with rocks

December 7, 2012 by  

For years, a few rocks brought back to earth during the Apollo 11 mission to the moon sat in a dusty storage room in St. Paul’s Veteran’s Service Building.

The rocks were part of a large collection brought back from the moon by Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin in 1969. Then President Richard Nixon distributed them as gifts to 135 countries around the world and to each of the 50 states.

Recently, members of the National Guard found Minnesota’s rocks and have donated them to the Minnesota Historical Society.

The find is particularly important as quite a few of the moon rocks from that very first landing in July of 1969 are unaccounted for. Some have been misplaced, stolen, or simply thrown away. It is rumored that some moon rocks would fetch as much as $5m a piece on the black market.

Joseph Gutheinz, a Texas attorney who is leading a project to recover all the moon rocks from the Apollo 11 mission, says the rocks are important to the history of modern America. He said:

“When I think of Minnesota’s moon rocks coming back, I think of little kids seeing them and being inspired to be an astronaut or do something big with their lives. It’s one of the reasons the moon rocks are so special — they inspire the imagination beyond.”

Catalog printing of items such as this is always advised, with multiple copies of catalogs available to everyone who receives a once-in-a-lifetime gift such as this.