Moon rocks found on the dark side of a storage room in St. Paul

  • Article by: PAUL WALSH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 26, 2012 - 8:00 PM
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crychangNov. 26, 1212:37 PM

Those tiny moon rocks are worth a small fortune today.

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BroonieNov. 26, 12 1:06 PM

Remember 'Wandering Rudy'?

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borisNov. 26, 12 1:38 PM

What's the last picture in the article show? It looks like a picture of a picture of moon rocks.

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mjcmspNov. 26, 12 4:41 PM

This is very cool. I wonder how this got lost for so many years and why it wasn't put on display anywhere right away. The article says every state received one of these. Do other states have theirs displayed?

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edinawaterNov. 26, 12 7:38 PM

I have to wonder what procedures are in place to keep track of our state and national treasures. This isn't the first time NASA has lost an historical artifact. The original high-resolution recording of Neil Armstrong stepping onto the moon as been lost as well.

I see this is going to the Minnesota Historical Society. Do they have procedures in place to keep track of every artifact in their possession? If something went missing would they know it? If something were loaned out and never returned would they know who is supposed to have it?

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cutthebullNov. 27, 12 9:16 AM

This is a very cool thing to have, and I'm glad they found it, but I do have one semi-snarky observation: that display is pretty ugly, even by late 1960s/early 1970s standards.

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percyroy12Nov. 27, 1212:06 PM

What moon landing? We never landed on the moon. It was taped in Area 51.

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hootie95Nov. 27, 1212:35 PM

@edinawater... NASA didn't lose this artifact. The federal government gave each state a similar display and WE lost it.

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rkn55811Nov. 27, 12 6:17 PM

They were not lost, just misplaced and forgotten. I wonder what else is in that storage area....

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kohoutekNov. 29, 12 7:12 PM

@edinawater: I am an archivist, librarian, and museum specialist, was at the ceremony, and have also volunteered at the Minnesota Historical Society. YES, of course MHS has procedures in place to painstakingly catalog every artifact in its possession. MHS sets the standard for preserving our state's historic treasures. As for NASA's moonwalk video, you may refer to an article I wrote on archives for the January/February 2012 issue of Skeptical Inquirer which dealt partly with this issue. A responding letter from Ralph Strong of Westinghouse, published in the May/June issue, supplies more details.

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