Something unusual happened afterwards Neil Armstrong and the Apollo 11 will travel to Moon in 1969.
The astronaut returned to earth in July of that year, and brought some with him stones collected on the moon surface. Each of the 50 states of the United States received one of the rocks, but for one reason or another several had disappeared and disappeared.
The lawyer Joseph Gutheinz, who has been behind the famous rocks for years, says he thinks "unusual"Some states have not kept them carefully and do not know where they are.
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In the last weeks, that of Louisiana and Utah, with what can only be found with those of New York and Delaware. Gutheinz hopes to be able to find them for next year, when the 50th anniversary of the mission of the Apollo 11.
"They are a tangible piece of history"He says.
"The first mission of Neil Armstrong was to bend over and pick up some stones and dust in case they suddenly had to leave".
Gutheinz explains that the government of President Richard Nixon distributed these small samples (coated with acrylic and embedded in a wooden plate) to the 50 states and other 135 countries, but no data was kept and most of them disappeared.
When he started his search in 2002, he calculated that 40 states did not know where the stones were.
Some went to museums and others were exhibited in the capitals of the state. But almost no state registered in the official archives.
"I think that all of this is due in part to the belief that trips to the moon would be normal".
However, there were only five trips to the moon, the last of which he made Apollo 17 in 1972.
From the stones of the Apollo 11 donated to other countries, the whereabouts of 70% of them is not known.
The government divided a second round of moon stones between states and other countries after the Apollo 17 journey and many of them also lost track.
Gutheinz was a researcher at NASA and discovered that some stones were sold illegally on the black market, requesting millions of dollars for them.
The lawyer points out that authentic moonstones are regarded as national treasures and can not be sold.
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In several cases, Gutheinz was lucky enough to find the rocks. The newspaper The lawyer, from Baton Rouge, found the Louisiana stone in early August after a call from the researcher.
In Utah there were no data about the whereabouts of the sample, but the AP confirmed that it is stored in the Clark Planetarium in Salt Lake City.
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On the other hand, the New York authorities say that they have no information about what happened to their stone.
The one from Delaware, on the other hand, was stolen from a state museum on 22 September 1977. The complaint was filed, but the police never found it.
* With AP information