How many kilos of moon rocks were given away to VIPs as paperweight?
Updated Nov 13, 2013, 7:43 PM
EXCERPTS FROM THE BOOK "Where No Man Has Gone Before" A History of Apollo Lunar Exploration Missions. By W. David Compton. Published as NASA Special Publication - 4214 in the NASA History Series, 1989
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From Venezuela Lunar rock Apollo11 for sale.

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                                                        This sample is the only meteorite  found among lunar rocks brought to earth.

"It a known fact that people only believe at those things on which they 'can' and 'want' to believe." 

Are you  interested in lunar rocks ?... then you will like to know about this too.

The Beginning of history.
After the Soviet space program's launch of the world's first artificial satellite (Sputnik 1) on October 4,1957, the attention of the United States turned toward its own fledgling space efforts. The U.S. Congress, alarmed by the perceived threat to national security and technological leadership (known as the "Sputnik crisis"), urged immediate and swift action; President Dwight D. Eisenhower and his advisers counseled more deliberate measures.-On July 29, 1958, Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act, establishing NASA.
As we all know the first moon landing, was the of Apollo 11  on July 20/1969.   (Wikipedia)

At July/69 Apollo11 brought 21.7 Kg. of samples and since  September 12/1969 began his distributed.

NASA News Release P69-10177 / Sep 12, 1969 / Moon Surface Samples Distributed
(page 201 -- 222, includes list of Principal Investigators and sample allocations.)

This link shown the 'NEWS RELEASE'.This link some time open up, sometimes you are redirected to another page.  Good luck !  
When I based on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
 I requested to NASA instructions on where to find this information, they responded: "...below is the link you asked us. The document to which you refer in your email starts in page 201."

Here also we know as NASA mocks the FOIA appeal honoring the "joke" of the sadly famous Henry Kissinger when he said: "...the illegal we do inmediately, the unconstitutional we take a little longer.


September 12, 1969
RELEASE NO: 69-130 USS4]                   

Distribution of about 18 pounds  of Moon rocks and dust  (18 X 0.453 gms = 8.154 kgms)  
to scientific investigators around the world begins today at
the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Manned
Spacecraft Center near Houston, Texas.
Lunar samples collected by the Apollo 11 astronauts will
go to 106 principal investigators in the United States and
36 in eight other countries for analyses in university, l
industrial, and government laboratories.
The 4.2  kilograms of fine materials and chips and slices
of about 30 rocks totaling 4 kilograms are being distributed
for first-generation experiments. This makes up about onethird  (1/3 from 21.7 = 7.2333 kgms)
of the lunar materials returned from man's first lunar

Another 15 per cent will be kept as examples of the types        (15% from 21.7 = 3.2555 kgms)   
of material returned from Tranquility Base, where the Apollo 11
Lunar Module landed July 20. The rest will be held for later
scientific experiments, from which a small amount may be available
on temporary loan for public display.
Since its return in sealed containers on July 25, all the
material has been under quarantine in the Lunar Receiving Laboratory
at the Manned Spacecraft Center where tests on animal
and plant life have shown no bad effects. Release of the samples
was approved by the Interagency Committee on Back Contamination,
set up to review NASA safeguards against the possibility of
contamination of the Earth by alien organisimns brought back from
the Moon.
Preliminary examinations in the Lunar Receiving Laboratory
have disclosed that there are two basic rock types: 1) compacted
lunar soil and 2) igneous rocks. The preliminary examination has
shown that the rocks have been lying on the lunar surface from
10 -150 million years. The igneous rocks crystallized from
3 - 4 billion years ago.

Each of the principal investigators or hi, representative
mus't personally accept his sample at the Lunar Receiving Laboratory,
and his plans for safeguarding the material must have
been approved by Manned Spacecraft Center administrative, scientific,
and security offici.als.

Of the 8.2 kilograms of samples being distributed,
approximately 3 kilograms will be destroyed in the course of the
planned experiments; the residues and the remaining 5.1 kilograms
will be returned to NASA. Investigators plan to report results of
their analyses early next year.

The types of investigation carried on by the principal
investigators include almost every type of ,measurement that has
been made on terrestrial igneous rocks or meteorites. The
principal types of measurement are:
1. Measurements of physical properties of r(. Ics and soil.
These data will help in understanding optical observations of the
Moon from Earth as well as future seismic experiments. Studies
of miscroscopic fission tracts and cosmic ray induced tracks will
help us understand the radiation history of the Moon.
Mineralogy and petrology which include the study of
the mineral content of the rocks and compositions of these
when the rocks crystallized or were formed on the lunar surface.
minerals. These studies will show how much water was present
The study will also show how surfaces were eroded by particles.
3. Studies of the chemical composition of the rocks
and fines. These studies will determine the concentration of
virtually every one of the 92 elements that occur on Earth and
in meteorites. Determinations of isotopic compositions of
strontium lead, and the rare gas elements (Ne, Ar, Kr, and Xe)
will determine the times of crystallization of the igneous rocks
and the times that rocks have laid on the lunar surface. Studies
of the rare gases in the soil will also furnish the first data on
isotopic compositions of solar materials.
4. Biologists and organic chemists will determine the
structures and relative abundances of compounds of carbon
indigenous in, and deposited on, the lunar surface; determine
the origin of the indigenous carbon compounds; catalog microstructures
in terms of organized elements and microfossils; and
define the presence or absence of viable lunar organisms.
listing of the principal investigators, their institutions,
the nature of their experiments, and their allocations of lunar
material follows. The allocations were based on the recommendations
of the Lunar Sample Analysis Planning Team. The exact allocations
will often depend on the size of individual rock chips that are
produced during chipping and cutting of the rocks. Special
samples including transparent rock slices and polished rock slices
are being prepared in the Lunar Receiving Laboratory during the
next two weeks.]   
(The red is mine. If anyone wants a copy of this document we will gladly send it, so you can check missing 11.22 kilograms.)

On 1971, astronauts Gordon, Cooper and Bean crew of Apollo 12 traveled to Venezuela and gave to President Caldera a lunar rock and the flag.
It was not until August 2009 (40 years later) when due to the news on "The Moonstone of The Netherlands is fake", that two officials from the Department of State of the Unites States gave this information or rather did ​​the mistake of giving this information.

"NASA turned over the samples to the State Department to distribute,"  said Jennifer Ross-Nazzal,a NASA historian, in a e-mailed response to questions.  
 "We don't have any records about when and to whom the rocks were given." records about when and to whom the rocks were given."

The Office of the Historian does not keep records of what become of the moon rocks, and to my knowledge, there is no one entity that does so,""  e-mailed Tiffany Hamelin, the State Department historian.}

I want  you note that on this point   NASA only knew that  was giving samples brought from the moon, without leave a part as reference; were not classified and would go on begin to be studied.

"Bringing samples back from the moon wasn't the point of the mission", says Randy Korotev.   "We didn't go to the moon to collect rocks, so we scientists are really lucky that we have this collection "   Says R. Korotev. (ScienceDaily July 18,2009) 
Please read  full article Apollo11 Moon Rocks Still Crucial 40 Years Later,Say Researchers in :

EXCERPTS FROM THE BOOK "Where No Man Has Gone Before"
A History of Apollo Lunar Exploration Missions. By W. David Compton.
Published as NASA Special Publication - 4214 in the NASA History Series, 1989

We go to carefully analyze the words that follow, you don't needed guess who ordered and paid for writing this history.

 "At the bottom of the page on : Public Interest In Lunar Samples,  are these words : "Presentation samples - tiny portion of lunar dust,packaged in plastic vials and attractively mounted in plaques - were prepared for the world's heads of state and presented by astronauts or government officials on world tours. So far as can be determined, no lunar rocks were cut and polished as paperweights for the desk of VIPs." 

And the next footnote to page:

["Forwarding the latter memo to George Low, Wilmot Hess (whose deputy, Anthony Calio, had drafted it for Gilruth's signature) stressed his own distaste for the plan to present large samples to VIPs - a distaste that was shared by the lunar scientists. Elbert King, who had been appointed first curator of lunar samples, did everything he could to prevent distribution of any lunar samples as souvenirs. When he first heard of the plan to present souvenirs to VIPs, his impression was that "they were talking about big polished pieces of rock for paperweights. . . . Here was priceless scientific material that was going to be cut up as political trophies." The White House proposal was even more offensive to King, and when a Washington paper called him to ask for his reaction, he commented that it would be unthinkable - a reaction which, he recalled later, "caused much unhappiness within the center, because here was someone (at MSC) disagreeing with the President, and that's very poor form." Elbert A. King, Jr., interview with L. S. Swenson, Jr., May 27, 1971, tape in JSC History Office files; Marti Mueller, "Trouble at NASA: Space Scientists Resign," Science 165 (1969): 776-79.]

[Nixon had already drawn considerable adverse criticism from some newspapers, which accused him of trying to turn Apollo to his own political advantage in spite of his negligible record of supporting the space program. His telephone call to the astronauts on the moon, the addition of his signature to those of the astronauts on the commemorative plaque on the lunar module Eagle, and his visit to the Hornet (on his way to a tour of Asia), were all cited as attempts to get unmerited credit for the Apollo accomplishment. See the editorial in theWashington Post, "Our Mark on the Moon," July 3, 1969; Herblock's cartoon "Lunar Hitchhiker," Washington Post, July 6, 1969; "Plaque Pique," Washington Evening Star, July 9, 1969; Marianne Means, "President Nixon and the Astronauts," Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, July 13, 1969; "Hate the President," Richmond (Va.) News Leader, July 15, 1969; William Hines, "Nixon Skims Off the Cream," Washington Sunday Star, July 27, 1969."] (71) (CHAPTER 9.-PRIMARY MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: Public Interest in Lunar Samples.)                
It is easy to understand why in those years the lunar rocks were not of much value to most people. 
From time to time appears a moon rock for sale , and after disappears from news...and the stone It was legitimate or fake ? 

                                  THE TRUTH

NASA would like us to forget the delivery of the rocks of Apollo11 mission. 

Think about it, the delivery of Goodwill Moon rocks Apollo17 on March 21/73 was done  at a ceremony very well organized, which was given considerable publicity.

It was meant to try to hide underneath the delivery from rocks Apollo11.

Their strategy has work for a long time, and people seemed to have forgotten the delivery of the  Apollo11 lunar rocks. If any of those rock appeared, the 'conspirators' would only say: "This is not a lunar rock".  (Is a Meteotite collected on the Moon's surface and brought to Earth between Apollo11 moon rocks)

Anyone can see that when we talk of moon rocks from Apollo11, people interested in hiding the truth conveniently divert attention to the rock of Apollo17. See as sample: 

NASA has never said from  where took the bits to to make  the Goodwill Apollo 11's moon-rocks displays;  and they can't  because they did not keep any sample of them. THIS ROCKS ARE TRULY UNIQUE. 
But, NASA  prefer that these samples be lost in anonymity.- As well as in the 70' an undetermined amount of lunar rock was thrown down to drain after being analyzed, since this was the condition imposed by NASA to laboratories where samples were delivered.
However, NASA has not forgotten these rocks , so on 1998  launched the " Operation Lunar Eclipse"to retrieve  lunar rocks. "But which Lunar rocks ? "Those that lost" innocently without  studying, or "dust" of 0.05 grams; sufficiently studied, classified, and which they still have enough  ? (The chondrite labeled with the # 70017)
Only the silly might  believe it.-  But, I know  through seizure has been recovered some samples, without making much noise , and 'legally'. 

See the case Moon rock Posted on eBay.

Moon rock pulled from auction website

December 17, 1999 — A lunar rock, allegedly recovered by the astronauts during the first moon landing, has been pulled from a popular auction website. The eBay lot was removed voluntarily after collectSPACE alerted the seller to the illegal nature of his sale.

Also see    ( I wonder: What happened with  Apollo11's rock ? )
Main article: Cyprus lunar sample displays  

Moon rocks from Apollo 11 and Apollo 17 presented to the island nation of Cyprus were believed to have been destroyed or stolen in 1974 during the Turkish invasion. In September 2009, while cooperating with a worldwide hunt for Moon rocks with Associated Press reporter Toby Sterling (Netherlands Bureau) and Cyprus Mail reporter Lucy Millett, the daughter of the British Ambassador to Cyprus, Gutheinz was advised by his friend and space memorabilia expert Robert Pearlman ( that Pearlman had learned in 2003 that the Cyprus Goodwill Moon Rock was never presented to Cyprus, but retained by the son of an American diplomat. The American government was advised about this situation in 2003 and did nothing. Upon learning the truth Gutheinz  reached out to both the American Embassy in Cyprus and the Cyprus Government to convey the fact; he then filed a request for a Congressional Inquiry into the case of the mising Cyprus Good will Moon Rock.  Subsequently, he caused the facts about the Moon rock to be published in the press in order to motivate the person who had the Moon rock to do the right thing, and return it.[50][51][52] The diplomat’s son thereaftes began negotiating with NASA's Office of Inspector General, and did so for 5 months until the Cyprus Goodwill Moon Rock was recovered. The diplomat's son's name has never been disclosed.[12]  
(Nor does the amount paid has been revealed.-) (The bold is mine.)  
It is curious that the 'Goodwill Moon rock Apollo11' ​​was never recovered since these are the ones that really interest to NASA. Will be true that it was never recovered ?

Important Information
One way to identify meteorites (or lunar rock) is through matching and NASA can't to do it. The other way is by doing some tests that indicate that the sample has not reached the Earth through the atmosphere.

Needless to say that neither NASA nor the Smithsonian will certify her authenticity , fortunately  these analysis can be done in another lab.
NASA has a vested interest in this matter and ( I believe) do not have the moral soundness to be impartial, in this case.
I want to warn everyone, NASA will attempt, directly or through a third person to discredit the sample. 
This tactic was already used in the past, as an auction house in TX., in a paragraph in an email addressed to me  says:  "You need to understand that I have been involved with a few Apollo Mission moon rocks and I know what I can and can’t do. Even though there are no laws in place to cover this, NASA and the U.S. Government will do everything that they can to investigate and discredit any sale."
I wonder what country we live in, what are we becoming ?
I have had possession of this rock for over thirty-five years and have also written to Venezuela's ambassador in Bogota, Colombia with the intention of returning it, I still have not received a response. {So the sample become "thing abandoned." (Res delerictae)}

This rock is truly unique. 
I ran some tests on the sample  and everything seem to indicate that it is part of a meteorite (1) that fell on the moon
(One of those that R. Korotev says, can't exist .)

"You can look at the moon and know that the moon has been hit a lot by very large meteorites" says Korotev. 
But when I asked Korotev : "I've often wondered if among the more than 2.215 samples of lunar rocks that arrived from the Apollo missions, some were meteorites? "He replied" : You ask an interesting question. Two millimeter size meteorites have been found in lunar soils samples. But no large meteorites such as are observed on Mars by the Spirit and Opportunity rovers have found. I think the reason is because the Moon has no atmosphere, there's nothing to deaccelerate meteorites. They hit the surface at their orbital velocities 20-40 km/s. So they vaporize and melt."

I encourage those interested to read the entire article published here:

Well, now you know that: " they were not going to the moon to collect samples. It was all about politics". (Korotev)

Additional Information.

Preliminary results of our research with the title "Macrofossil on Carbonaceous Chondrite Meteorite" were accepted for presentation to  the international scientific community in the months of October and November (1998), first in Toronto, at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America and days after the symposium, Martian Meteorites: "Where do we stand, and where are we going?" organized by the  Lunar and Planetary Institute. 
We also tried to attend the XXIV General Assembly of the European Geophysical Society, with the poster PS030  on Thursday, 22 April 1999 ; but unfortunately we did not have the financial support to do so.

The weight of the sample offered for sale is 10 grams.- According to NASA the price per gram is over 5 million dollars.
Due to the fact that my death is very near, the 'rock' will be sold to the highest bidder. (It seems that NASA waits patiently for everyone involved with the Apollo 11 lunar rocks die , for this story be forgotten.) 

This rock is NOT stolen,
I can prove possesion, thus ownership of the rock since July 1976.
I have several documents supporting this fact.

(1) The features which indicate this is a meteorite that fell on the moon and was later brought to earth using a spacecraft  are:

Appearance : Dark gray, shinny metallic.
No fusion crust.
Lunar  regolith.
Density: 4.91 gr/cm3
Hardness: >7
Magnetism: Low
Thread of metal: Fe metallic     
Ni < 20 ppm : But "Some of the rarer types of Meteorites ( Lunar, Martian, eucrites), however, do not have high concentration of Ni". (Korotev. " Chemical composition of Meteorite." ) 
As < 5 ppm., In ratio.
SiO2 :1.56 % "The low SiO2 Chondrites, are all  Chondrites Carbonaceous".  (Korotev).
CaO/Al2O3: I think in ratio; but "terrestrial rock tend to have lower CaO/Al2O3 than meteorites". (Korotev)
MgOFe2O3: "Among meteorites, MgO necessarily increases with Fe2O3 + MgO. The ratio of Magnesium to Iron does not vary greatly among most kinds of stony meteorites rocks with MgO/Fe2O3(T) <0.2 or 6> are not meteorites". (Korotev) 
Na2O and K20 : In  ratio.
Cr: < 20 ppm. ? 
La : 1.8 ppm "Incompatible element tends to be in higher concentration in Earth rock than in meteorites. Among meteorites only same from the Moon have concentration in the range of typical terrestrial igneous rock." (Korotev)

Numerous PRE-SOLAR GRAINS  (nano-diamond) only preserved in Chondritic meteorites, which have suffered little processing after they originally formed.


As is well known, after the Second World War, the United States continued to develop some of the projects and research of the Germans.

I have no doubt that NASA started to work with the theories of the Minister of Propaganda of the Third Reich, Joseph Goebbels. Quoting his words:

"No need to talk to the masses, the slogans are much more effective.
 Act in people as it does alcohol. The crowd does not react as would a man but as a woman, sentimental rather than intelligent. Propaganda is an art, difficult but noble, which requires genius to carry it out. The most successful propagandists in history have been Christ, Mohammed and Buddha. "

Anyone interested to know what the "masses" knows about the "Giant Step - Apollo11" Presidential Goodwill Tour."  Read:

(House of Representatives - September 26, 2000)

Whoever wants to know what NASA wants us to think about the  "Giant Step - Apollo11" Presidential Goodwill Tour." Read: 

Thanks for read.


                                                              ORIGINAL ROCK  (This rock was broken to take samples for analysis.) 

                                                                                        Thread of Fe metallic (100% Fe)                                         

                                          SEM photo...? (Here we find: C,Al,Si,P,Ca,Ba y Fe) Possibles Organic debris                                      

                                                                                         Spherulas of C - Nanodiamonds- (Pre-solar grains) 

                                                                                   Crystal detail. (SEM Oklahoma's University)                                                         


                                                                                                         'Zap pits'  

                                                                                                            Crystals (OU)


With the intention of avoiding to NASA's Office of the Inspector General unnecessary waste time and money, I consider  necessary to clarify the following.
I'm interested in negotiating with NASA; although I am quite sure they will try to proceed as they have done on previous occasions, then they will say: THIS IS NOT A LUNAR ROCK FROM APOLLO11.(Sure, is not a basalt or a breccia.)

The quantity of rock in my possession here in the United States is about 1 gr. , and when entering to country it was declared at the customs office at the Miami International Airport on 8/19/2006. .

Thank you for reading.

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Pic below.
Mike and Pat Collins (left), Neil and Jan Armstrong, and Buzz and Joan Aldrin at the lodge of Norwegian Defense Minister Otto Greig, 40 miles from Oslo, during the "Giant Step - Apollo11" Presidential Goodwill Tour. Photo filed 11 October 1969. Scan by Frederic Artner. From: Apollo11 Image Library. 70-H-1567 (96k)