The mystery of Louisiana’s long-lost moon rock has been solved by a Florida gun collector.
A Florida man who acquired the plaque to use the wood for gun repairs has returned a long-lost moon rock handed to the state of Louisiana by NASA following the Apollo 17 mission in 1972.
The Florida guy, who requested anonymity, claimed he routinely purchases plaques at garage sales and thrift stores in order to use the wood for gun stock repairs, and he was recently rummaging through one of his boxes of plaques when he came upon an unexpected object.
“This fragment is a chunk of a rock from Taurus Littrow Valley of the Moon,” read the inscription on the metal plate, which housed an intriguing stone. It was part of a larger rock made up of many various shaped and sized pieces, a symbol of humanity’s unity and hope for a peaceful and harmonious future.”
The granite was gathered by astronauts on the Apollo 17 mission in 1972, and NASA donated it to the state of Louisiana once it arrived on the ground.
According to the Florida man, he bought the item at a garage sale somewhere in the last 15 years.
He told collectSPACE.com, “I can’t even tell you how long I possessed it.” “I have no idea how much I paid for it. I buy plaques because I send the wood from the plaques to my gunstock maker, who builds grips for my Colts and other firearms.”
When the man called the governor’s office in Louisiana, he was told to contact the Louisiana State Museum.
The man explained, “They asked me to ship it to them.” “I told him, ‘I’m not shipping this to you.’ I’ll hand deliver it,’ I answered, and that’s exactly what I did.”
The individual hand-delivered the moon rock plaque as promised, according to the Louisiana State Museum.
Steven Maklansky, temporary director of the Louisiana State Museum, said, “He did actually hand over the moon rock to the museum.” “We did take ownership of the rock,” says the narrator.
Researchers are unsure how the plaque ended up for sale in Florida, according to Maklansky.
“I believe it is a unique piece of Louisiana history. Obviously, the Louisiana State Museum would be an appropriate location for… Article Summary from Nokia News