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Bill Clinton and the Case of the Missing Moon Rock
September 23, 2011
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One small step for man. One small piece of the moon for former President Bill Clinton.

In an unlikely turn of events, a moon rock that's been missing for years turned up in a collection of Clinton's papers and memorabilia from his time as the governor of Arkansas. And no one is certain how it got there.

The rock was collected during the 1972 Apollo 17 mission and given to Arkansas Governor David Pryor in 1976. At some point in the intervening years it went missing, and no one had any idea where it was until Wednesday, when an archivist discovered it among Clinton's papers. The rock was contained in a box labeled "Arkansas flag plaque." Also in the box was a miniature state flag which was sent to space.

Bobby Roberts, director of the Central Arkansas Library System, told Reuters "it really is something from an important era in the history of the country and you hate to see it disappear. I guess it's one more Arkansas mystery solved."


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