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Missing Lunar Rock Turns Up In Former President Clinton’s Arkansas Files

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You would have thought they would have unearthed this when  they were searching former President Clinton’s files for information related to Whitewater or Monica Lewinsky.

The missing Good Will Rocks – samples from the moon – have turned up in Clinton’s old gubernatorial papers.

Bobby Roberts, director of the Central Arkansas Library System, told Reuters the archivist opened a box previously archived as “Arkansas flag plaque.” The tiny flag was also sent to space, Roberts said. The rock was inside.

“The moon rock, which is in a plastic container, had fallen off the plaque,” Roberts said. “The archivist immediately knew what he had discovered.”

The missing rocks – which are estimated to be worth millions of dollars – have been missing since the 1970′s.

Roberts, who worked for Clinton when he was governor, said the moon rock was presented to Governor David Pryor in 1976. He could only speculate about how Clinton ended up with it.

Roberts’ theory is that when Clinton became governor in 1978, Pryor left the plaque in the office. When Clinton lost re-election in 1980, everything in his office was packed up and stored.

“Ironically, I moved those papers out,” Roberts said. “I’m a historian and I never saw that plaque.”

The moon rock sample will be re-attached to the plaque it fell off of.  Officials are still determining where to display the rocks but assured the press that they will be made available to the public in the future.

 

Found! Moon rock turns up in Clinton files – Technology & science – Space – msnbc.com.

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