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Apollo 17 Moon rock and Minnesota state flag plaque
Walnut plaque with a small silk State of Minnesota flag and a chunk of moon rock embedded in Lucite. The flag was carried to the moon by the spacecraft America during the December 17-19, 1972, Apollo XVII mission, and the rock is from the Taurus Littrow valley of the moon, technically known as "Sample 70017". This is a "Goodwill Moon Rock," one of which was presented to each state and 135 countries by President Nixon in 1973.
Content Category: artifacts
14 1/4 inches height
9 7/8 inches width
2 1/2 inches depth
plaque (flat object)
Issued by: United States, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Presented by: Nixon, Richard M.
Presented to: Anderson, Wendell Richard
Used in: Houston, Harris County, Texas, United States
Apollo XVII mission to the moon
Part/fragment of: Moon - Taurus Littrow Valley
Government & Politics. Government Agencies. Unclassified
Relics & Curios
Use: Exactly 12/1972 (Rock was collected from the surface of the Moon)
Use: Exactly 1973 (Presented by United States President Richard Nixon to the State of Minnesota, into the care of Governor Wendell R. Anderson)
Use: 1977 (Transferred to the Minnesota Historical Society by the Office of Governor Wendell R. Anderson)
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1977.3 (Accession Number)