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article imagePrized 'moon rock' in Dutch national museum a fake

By Andrew Moran     Aug 27, 2009 in Science
On Thursday, the Dutch National Museum confirmed the supposed Moon rock given by a United States Ambassador from the Apollo 11 mission is just a piece of petrified wood.
Conspiracy theorists can rejoice and can relish in the fact that they are possibly one step closer to proving to the world that the moon landing was a hoax. After the Dutch National Museum announced that a rock from the Moon was fake and just a piece of petrified wood, according to The Associated Press. Rijksmuseum spokesperson Xandra van Gelder said the museum will keep it "just out of curiosity."
The Dutch museum received the Moon rock after the death of former Prime Minister Willem Drees in 1988. The Prime Minister received it as a private gift on October 9, 1969 from United States Ambassador J. William Middendorf as part of a "Giant Leap" goodwill tour after the Apollo 11 mission.
Gelder said, "It's a good story, with some questions that are still unanswered. We can laugh about it. Apparently no one thought to doubt it, since it came from the prime minister's collection."
The then-Ambassador said he received it by the US State department but could not recall much further details than that. The US Embassy in Hague says it will investigate the matter.
Geologist Frank Beunk stated in an article published by the museum "It's a nondescript, pretty-much-worthless stone."
Researchers and analysts from Amsterdam's Free University could see, just from a short glance, that the rock was not from the Moon.
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