Marie Drake Planetarium

Where the stars always shine in Juneau, Alaska

Moon Rock

COLD CASE: Recovering Alaska’s Long-Lost Apollo 11 Moon Rock.

In 1973, after a fire tore through the State of Alaska's transportation museum, a display containing moon rocks and a small
Alaska Flag from the first manned mission to the moon vanished without a trace. Forty years later, it suddenly surfaced, and
the Alaska State Museum, State of Alaska Attorney General's Office, U.S. Attorney, FBI, and NASA teamed up to try to
bring it home. This presentation, by the Alaska State Museum’s Curator of Collections, Steve Henrikson, highlights how
dedication, ethics, teamwork, painstaking research, science and good luck resulted in the return of the moon rock display to
the people of Alaska in 2012.