MEDIA ALERT: Moon Rocks go on Display Today at History Center

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Release dated: 
January 8, 2013
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MEDIA ALERT: Moon Rocks go on Display Today at History Center


Apollo 11Moon rocks
(left: Apollo 11 moon fragments, right: Apollo 17 moon rock)

WHAT: Display of lunar samples from Apollo 11 and Apollo 17 missions.
WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 8 through Sunday Feb. 3, 2013
TIME: Daily during regular History Center hours, some exceptions apply.
WHERE: Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd. W, St. Paul, MN 55101, First floor lobby
COST: Free

BACKGROUND: On Nov. 28, 2012 the Minnesota National Guard transferred the Apollo 11 lunar samples to the Minnesota Historical Society. The samples had been unaccounted for until they were found among military artifacts in a storage area at the Veterans Service Building in St. Paul. They joined the Apollo 17 moon rock already in the Society's possession. The Minnesota moon fragments are one of a number of lunar sample displays that were presented to each of the states, United States' territories and to foreign nations as a goodwill gesture following the return of the Apollo 11 crew, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. Similar "goodwill moon rocks" from the final lunar landing, Apollo 17 in December 1972, were also gifted.