Moon Rock Is Really Just Petrified Wood

A prize possession in the Dutch national museum is not what the curators thought. In 1969, three Apollo 11 astronauts visited the Netherlands. And the U.S. ambassador gave the Dutch prime minister what he said was a moon rock. When an expert saw the rock in the museum, he didn't think it was real. Geologists have identified the moon rock as petrified wood.

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A prize possession in the Dutch national museum is not what the curators thought. In 1969, the Apollo 11 astronauts visited the Netherlands. And the U.S. ambassador gave the Dutch prime minister what he said was a moon rock. No doubt it gave a warm feeling to the U.S. ally. But when an expert saw it in the national museum, he said he wasn't so sure it was real. Geologists have now identified the moon rock as petrified wood.

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