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‘Moon rock’ given to Holland by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin is fake

'Moon rock' given to Holland by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin is fake

A moon rock given to the Dutch prime minister by Apollo 11 astronauts in 1969 has turned out to be a fake.

Curators at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, where the rock has attracted tens of thousands of visitors each year, discovered that the “lunar rock”, valued at £308,000, was in fact petrified wood.

Xandra van Gelder, who oversaw the investigation, said the museum would continue to keep the stone as a curiosity.

“It’s a good story, with some questions that are still unanswered,” she said. “We can laugh about it.”

The rock was given to Willem Drees, a former Dutch leader, during a global tour by Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin following their moon mission 50 years ago.

A piece of moon rock was given during a goodwill tour by the three apollo 11 astronauts. Photo by: Photo: Getty Images

J. William Middendorf, the former American ambassador to the Netherlands, made the presentation to Mr Drees and the rock was then donated to the Rijksmuseum after his death in 1988.

“I do remember that Drees was very interested in the little piece of stone. But that it’s not real, I don’t know anything about that,” Mr Middendorf said.

Nasa gave moon rocks to more than 100 countries following lunar missions in 1969 and the 1970s.
The United States Embassy in The Hague is carrying out an investigation into the affair.

Researchers Amsterdam’s Free University were able to tell at a glance that the rock was unlikely to be from the moon, a conclusion that was borne out by tests.

“It’s a nondescript, pretty-much-worthless stone,” said Frank Beunk, a geologist involved in the investigation.

Source www.telegraph.co.uk

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Do people really think that all of the tonnes of moon rock handed out around the world is fake? Dont you think more people would not have tested theirs? Also why would a big agency use petrified wood as a fake for moon rock when there are many more minerals/rocks that could be made to be closer to moon rock composition? If you think that they would distribute tonnes of petrified wood around the world in hope nobody would test it then i give up. This is most likely a fabricated story or a hoax. Not everything you read online… Read more »
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I want it to be real

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EARTH IS FLAT U SMARTIES. SCIENCE PROVES THIS. TRY DEBUNKING THE FLAT EARTH U WILL LOSE.

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Ha ha ha lol

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WTF

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So there were trees on the moon then?

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Wow some of you guys are just what our Government want,Civilian population to be oblivious to what’s going on in our Solar System,And Mans achievement in Space Travel,If you only knew where Man has really been using your Tax dollars LOL it would blow your mind, Did you know NASA had a Secret Space Program,Boeing and NASA has been working setting up Space Station’s through out Space for Refueling stations for Future Space Exploration some unmanned some manned,Next year China is going to the Moon to Mine Helium 3 a Helium 90% more Concentrated than Earths Helium it’s supposed to… Read more »
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It fits right in hollywood then every thing is fake there lmao

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That’s not good news for this group

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As it was the moon landings

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Psych

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I’ve heard that anyone possessing moon rocks are relentlessly tracked by shady agents.

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Doesn’t surprise me when the WATER we drink is fake has contaminated more then 180million Americans with fluoride that causes Bone Cancer

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Obviously it was fake no man has ever bn to the moon

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Noooooo!!?!??/.

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They swapped it….

abbey
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Perhaps there once were trees on the moon? ????

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An Norwegian reporter called Nasa on air and asked if there was posible to com and look at an moon rock or som sand,, ? No she say, they dident bring any materials back from moon, than she hang on.

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The Chinese should send their rover to the landing site.
It’s not like it has Area 51 status!

jeff
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UM? The landing site(s) have been photographed from above the surface of the moon showing the rover and decent stages and foot prints left behind on the suface……you can Google thse images………these images are from the Russians, the Chinese, and the Indians…………they have all confirmed the landings took place.

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So is nasa

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