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NY State Museum to display Apollo 17 moon rock

Posted at: 12/18/2012 9:10 AM
Updated at: 12/18/2012 9:52 AM
By: AP

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The New York State Museum is marking the 40th anniversary of Apollo 17 by exhibiting a moon rock collected during the mission.
 
The state's rarely-displayed fragment will be on view in the Albany museum's lobby from Wednesday through Feb. 10.
 
The 3.7 billion-year-old rock is the only one in the state's collection.
 
It's one of the "goodwill" rocks from a sample President Richard Nixon ordered divided up and given to the U.S. states and the heads of 135 countries in 1973. New York's piece was presented to Gov. Nelson Rockefeller.
 
Apollo 17 was the last manned mission to the moon.
 
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