The Many Missing Samples Of Moon Rock

“He should, as he list, be able to prove the moon made of grene cheese.” —Sir Thomas More

In A Nutshell

In the 1970s, US President Richard Nixon donated slivers of moon rock to all 50 states and many foreign countries. Incredibly valuable, many of these rocks have simply vanished over the years, some put up for sale on the black market for millions of dollars. There are several parties determined to get these pieces of natural history back.

The Whole Bushel

During the Apollo manned missions to the moon, astronauts gathered several hundred pounds of rocks for study back on Earth. During Richard Nixon’s tenure as President of the United States, he distributed small (about the size of a fingernail) samples of moon rocks to the 50 states and 135 foreign countries. Because of their comparative rarity, these rocks are extremely valuable, worth some $5 million on the black market. In the interim, many of the rocks have gone missing: stolen, lost or buried in storage lockers. Some have been found sitting in desk drawers, forgotten over the decades.

The state of New Jersey cannot account for their rock. Alaska lost their rock after a fire destroyed the Transportation Museum of Anchorage in 1973. The teenage stepson of the curator swiped the rock from the ruin. The boy, Coleman Anderson would grow up to land a television role as a crabbing ship captain on the show Deadliest Catch, and years later would petition the government to grant him ownership of the artifact. He was eventually forced to return it to the state.

The rock given to Romania became the property of brutal communist President Nicolae Ceausescu was the brutal Communist president of Romania. When he was executed for genocide in 1989, the rock went missing; some believe that it was secretly sold off by his estate.

The rock that went to Honduras disappeared in the early ’90s. It was recovered in 1998 in a black market sting operation called Operation Lunar Eclipse carried out by NASA. A dealer in Miami named Alan Rosen tried to sell it to federal agents for $5 million, claiming he had purchased it from a Honduran general for $50,000. He appealed to be allowed to keep the rock, but the United States government ruled that he be returned to Honduras.

One of Spain’s rocks is missing, and the rock given to Malta vanished in a heist on May 18, 2004, when it was taken from the Museum of Natural History in Mdina. Unfortunately, the museum did not have any security cameras, and despite an investigation, there is no trace of Malta’s moon rock over nine years later.

Show Me The Proof

Misplaced from space
US returns moon rock to Honduras
Trenton, we have a problem: NJ’s souvenir moon rock missing since 1970s
Alaska Reclaims Its Missing Moon Rocks

  • KS52

    Good way to cover up the fact that they did not went to moon

    • Sender

      Lets forget all of the conspiracy garbage thats been poured into your feeble mind for a second and consider the following. If we faked the moon landing, why on earth did the Russians, our rivals in the space race and everything else not call bullshit? They didn’t remain silent either, they confirmed it. Its almost like we actually went to the moon and they were confirming they had been beaten, just as we had so many times before that.

    • nathan

      “they did not went to the moon” looks like it was typed by a 5 year old. It should be “they did not go to the moon”. But if you actually believe one of the most ridiculous theories out there I’d guess you just might be 5 years old.

    • inconspicuous detective

      what i find most troubling about this is how it is supported by a count of 7 to 3 (currently.). scary stuff.

    • SuperWeapons

      I dont understand why everyone thinks it didnt happen. Just like how some people think the holocaust didnt happen, how could the whole world of governments fake things like this happening, and how could 6 billion people not find out for sure that it is a hoax if it is indeed one?

  • Brp Goyo

    But…. it was…. in a film studio….

  • blazelux

    Can’t believe they’re so valuable

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  • DanInIowa

    Uhh… have none of you seen the true live footage of Apollo 18!? The rocks are living spider-like carnivores that cause you to lose your mind!!! Why are they spreading these horrible creatures around the world!??!

  • Nola83

    Wow, the editors need to start doing a better job and stop rushing to put out articles. There were two errors that could have been found by simply reading the article. What the hell, I’ll be an editor for a small price! Here are the errors. “Nicolae Ceausescu WHO was the brutal” and then they ordered the ROCK to be returned to Honduras, not the man. Check these articles before they are posted please.