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Moon Rock Belongs on U.S. Soil, Judge Rules

March 27, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

The U.S. government has won back a tiny lump of 3.9-billion-year-old moon rock brought to Earth by the crew of Apollo 17 and stolen years ago from the government of Honduras, U.S. officials said Wednesday.

U.S. District Judge Adalberto Jordan in Miami granted the U.S. government forfeiture on the grounds that the grape-sized rock was stolen and smuggled into the United States.

Jordan ruled that although given to Honduras in 1973, the U.S. still legally owned the rock.

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