Friday, September 11, 2009
Moon Rock Exposed as Fake
The Dutch national museum has been forced to admit that a rock, supposedly brought back from the moon by U.S. astronauts, has turned out to be a fake.
The museum acquired the rock from the estate of former Prime Minister Willem Drees in 1988. Drees had reportedly received it on October 9, 1969 from U.S. ambassador J. William Middendorf and the three Apollo 11 astronauts during their goodwill tour after the first moon landing.
They're still trying to figure out how this fake moon rock got there. Was NASA giving out fake moon rocks? Or did someone later pull a switcheroo on the Hague? It wouldn't be the first time someone has stolen moon rocks.
Curiously, U.S. law now forbids private ownership of moon materials, even dust or microparticles.