Apollo 11 Moon samples (fragments of lunar soil) were transferred today from the Minnesota National Guard to the Minnesota Historical Society in front of an audience of children at Science and Technology Academies Reinforcing Basic Aviation and Space Exploration (STARBASE) Minnesota. The students are currently studying the moon.
According to Army Maj. Blane R. Iffert, former state historian for the Minnesota National Guard, the Apollo 11 Moon samples were found among military artifacts in a storage area at the Veterans Service Building in St. Paul.
The Apollo 11 display was presented in 1970 to the people of Minnesota through the office of Governor LeVander.
A second display, from the Apollo 17 mission, was presented in 1973 to the people of Minnesota through the office of Governor Anderson who then passed the display to the Minnesota Historical Society.
After being catalogued, the Apollo 11 Moon samples will join the Apollo 17 Moon rock in being available to the public through the Society's Collection Online and in person for researchers through the Gale Family Library.
The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, the Society preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.