(ORDO NEWS) — The lost piece of the moon , which once belonged to the state of Louisiana, could have disappeared without a trace if the Florida weapons collector had not paid attention to the unique plaque. The man bought a moonstone that was delivered by the Apollo 17 mission, without even realizing the seriousness of the purchase.
It is reported by Live Science.
The man, whose name is not advertised, lives on Merritt Island, near Cape Canaveral. He said that the plaque was bought by him at one of the garage sales in about the last 15 years. The collector uses wood from a variety of tablets to craft his weapon grips. The board with the moonstone was kept in his box for a long time and only a couple of years ago he got it out.
The plate was small – 25 by 25 centimeters. Attached to it was a lucite ball, inside of which was a moonstone specimen, which was part of a larger piece.
This sample was delivered in 1972 by astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt. In addition, the collector examined the image of the flag of the state of Louisiana on the plate. In the state itself, nothing was known about the stone until 2018. When the collector realized what kind of treasure he possessed, he immediately turned to the office of the Governor of Louisiana, from where he was sent to the State Museum. The man was asked to send this unique find, but he thought it right to deliver it on his own.
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