The traveling NASA Moon Rocks exhibit is now on display at the Minnesota History Center.
The display of lunar samples from the Apollo 11 and Apollo 17 missions are available through the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The free, public exhibit opened on Tuesday and will run through Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013 in the Minnesota History Center first floor lobby, 345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul, MN 55101.
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.