Moon rock pops up in Bill Clinton's files
The rock, which weighs less than half an ounce, was found in one of the roughly 2,000 boxes of Clinton materials that are housed in Little Rock, said Bobby Roberts, who directs the Central Arkansas Library System.
The rock was collected during the 1972 Apollo 17 mission and was given to the state more than 30 years ago.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette first reported the rock was missing last year. Since then, Roberts said he has been following the news about the moon rock.
"It kind of became Arkansas' mystery about 'Where's the moon rock?'," he told The Associated Press.
Roberts said he's not sure how the rock ended up among paperwork from when Clinton served as governor, but he said he's glad it has been recovered.
"It really is something from an important era in the history of the country and you hate to see it disappear," he said. "I guess it's one more Arkansas mystery solved."
An Arkansas museum employee discovered another moon rock last summer, according to the Democrat-Gazette. That piece of the moon was from the Apollo 11 mission in 1969.
- An earlier version of this Associated Press story stated the recently recovered rock was from the Apollo 11 mission.Oct 09, 2013 11:40 PM ET