'Lost' moon rocks presented to Nevada on display at University of Nevada

July 20, 1969 file photo, a footprint left by one of the astronauts of the Apollo 11 mission on the surface of the moon. Commander Neil A. Armstrong and Air Force Col. Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. became the first men to walk on the moon., Photo Credit: NASA (NASA)
Commander Neil A. Armstrong and Air Force Col. Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. became the first men to walk on the moon. (NASA)
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Updated: 12/15/2013 5:54 pm

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Despite reports that they were long lost, moon rocks from two different Apollo missions that were presented to the state of Nevada have gone on public display in Reno.

Specimens carried from space on the Apollo 11 and Apollo 17 missions went on exhibit Friday for three months at the Keck Museum at the University of Nevada, Reno.

The tiny rocks are featured in plaques that include miniature Nevada state flags that made the trip to the moon on each mission.

The specimen from Apollo 17 in 1972 — the last manned mission to the moon — is about the size of a dime. The specimen from Apollo 11 in 1969 — the historic landing featuring Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin — is nothing more than a bunch of tiny specks.

The rocks are on loan from the Nevada State Museum in Carson City, where they have gone on public display from time to time since they were presented to the state over 40 years ago.

State museum officials say a rumor has swirled for more than a decade that the moon rocks provided to Nevada were lost, but they've never been missing.


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