Object 11

Moon rock fragments
These fragments of moon rock were collected by astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin during their Apollo 11 flight in July 1969.

Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
Inv. I.G. 24 298


"Presented to the people of the Kingdom of Belgium by Richard Nixon, President of the United States of America. The flag of your nation was carried to the Moon and back by Apollo 11, and the fragment of the Moon's surface was brought to Earth by the crew of that first manned lunar landing".

The mineralogical collection at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS) in Brussels contains thousands of specimens from all over the world. A few items come from beyond our own planet: including four morsels of Moon dust and one piece of Moon basalt. These specimens were brought to Earth during the space missions carried out by Apollo 11 and Apollo 17. The American President Nixon presented the Moon stones to the Belgian people, along with the national flags which made the trip to our natural satellite. Astronauts brought home a total of 133 kilograms of Moon material during the two aforementioned space missions. The material is estimated to be between 3.1 and 4.5 billion years old. King Baudouin entrusted the presented samples to the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences. You can see these items in the Museum's mineral hall.

Une aventure de Johan et Pirlouit : La Pierre de Lune
Een avontuur van Johan en Pirrewiet : Het raadsel van de maansteen
Dupuis, 1956



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