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Robert Pearlman
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posted 12-13-2011 09:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's a first look at a documentary being produced by the 17-time Emmy award winning team at Michigan State University College of Communication Arts and Sciences with Tricky Hale Films...
Missing Moon Rocks

In the 1970's, President Nixon gave moon rocks from the Apollo mission to all the nations of the world and to all the states in the USA. 270 moon rocks were given out. Each country and state received two plaques, one from the first moon landing and one from the last moon landing.

These "goodwill gifts" were given to celebrate an extraordinary feat of all mankind. The gift was to share the moon landings with the entire Earth.

Since the distribution of the 270 "Goodwill moon rocks" in 1970's, 160 out the original 270 moon rocks are missing, lost, destroyed or stolen. An additional 517 moon rocks are missing from research labs around the world.

This documentary tells the journey of these pieces of another world, their scientific importance, their value to humankind and what is being done to find them.

SpaceAholic
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posted 12-13-2011 03:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Since the distribution of the 270 "Goodwill moon rocks" in 1970's, 160 out the original 270 moon rocks are missing, lost, destroyed
How does rock get destroyed?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 12-13-2011 03:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ireland's Apollo 11 lunar sample display, for example, was caught up in a fire and then discarded in a landfill more than 30 years ago. Baked and then buried, it may physically still exist, but likely not in a form that would be recognized if found.

MCroft04
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posted 12-13-2011 03:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by SpaceAholic:
How does rock get destroyed?
Some methods of evaluation result in destruction of the rock. For instance to do X-Ray diffraction, the sample must be crushed (well you still have the dust).

We had this discussion last week after a talk on confirming an alleged meteorite was real. The methods used to do the evaluation preserved the sample, but did not result in confirmation. Several researchers in the room were ready to crush it to do X-Ray diffraction, which would have been conclusive.

I wonder how many researchers have done this with lunar samples?

Robert Pearlman
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I don't know the numbers, but NASA does track it. The loan agreement for lunar samples requires the researcher receive permission before performing destructive analysis.

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posted 12-13-2011 09:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In theory I'm sure you're right. But I've known too many "researchers" who would have done well what they pleased, including one who claimed to have solved the unified field theory. I wouldn't be surprised if many of the missing samples have been destroyed.

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