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From the moon to the MN History Center

Minnesota National Guard It's amazing the things you can lose track of when you put them in storage; things like, oh, artifacts from outer space.

The Minnesota National Guard was going through a storage area last November and came across some moon rocks from the Apollo 11 lunar landing.

The Guard transferred the rocks to the Minnesota Historical Society, and today they go on display with a moon rock from Apollo 17 already in the Society's collection.

The rock samples are pretty small, but when you think of the trip they made, they're still impressive. It's a common practice of lunar missions to collect rocks and then offer them up to states, U.S. territories and foreign nations as goodwill gestures.

January 8, 2013
by Marianne Combs
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