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Moon rocks given to Colorado have vanished

Colleen O'Connor
The Denver Post
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A set of moon rocks presented to Colorado’s governor in 1974 – and valued at $5 million on the black market – seems to be lost.

Few knew the rocks even existed until an amateur sleuth started nosing around a few months ago.

“I had no idea we had a second set of moon rocks,” said Rep. Paul Weissmann, D-Louisville, who tracked down the first set of “lost” moon rocks about 10 years ago, stashed in storage at the Colorado History Museum. Those rocks, collected in 1969, are now displayed on the third floor of the state Capitol.

“No one else had ever heard of a second set of rocks,” Weissmann said.

Nationwide, about half of the Apollo moon rocks presented by President Richard Nixon to 50 states and about 160 countries can’t be located. Clues are few. Still, there’s always the random success.

In January, Hawaii’s set of rocks – valued at $10 million – turned up in the cabinet of the governor.

So where are Colorado’s?

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