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Missing Moon Rock May Have Been Found in W.Va.

Friday, 04 Jun 2010 06:18 PM

 

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A missing piece of the moon may have been found in Morgantown.

Retired dentist Robert Conner learned Friday that the one-gram rock fragment found in his late brother's belongings was presented to the state by NASA during the 1970s.

The rock was part of 135 fragments from the Apollo 17 mission given to the 50 states and several countries.

Former NASA investigator Joe Gutheinz says the discovery was the latest in a quest that started in 2002. Gutheinz has had his graduate students search for an estimated 100 missing fragments collected during the Apollo 11 and 17 missions.

The plastic-encased fragment appears on a wooden plaque along with a miniature West Virginia flag that flew on the mission.

It was presented to then Gov. Arch Moore.

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