Moon Rock – Who Wood a Guessed? August 28, 2009Posted by baldricman in astronomy, News.
Tags: apollo 11, dutch, fake, hoax, moon, museum, petrified wood, rock, willem drees
A piece of moon rock held by the Dutch National Museum has recently been found out to be nothing more than a lump of petrified wood. (See News24 article here)
The rock was originally, and supposedly, given by the 3 astronauts of the Apollo 11 mission to the then Dutch prime minister, Willem Drees, in 1969. After the PM’s death in 1988, the rock was then donated to the museum. The rock, not on permanent display, was seen in 2006 by a “space expert” (who knows….) who immediately pointed out the unlikelihood of it’s authenticity. Researchers from Amsterdam’s Free University quickly confirmed the rock as a fake.
So what does this mean? Did the yanks hand over a fake as part of some twisted cosmic-frat-boy prank? Is this finally proof that the moon-landings were faked, and a piece of petrified-wood was the best they could come up with for a cheesy (pun-unintentional) “moon-rock” gift, on short notice? Or does it prove my long-held theory that there have long since been trees growing on the Moon?
Either way, the good news is that the Dutch museum will be keeping the piece, as a curiosity.