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Honduran Moon Rock Returned
9.22.03
 
NASA Administrator presents Apollo Moon rock to Honduran Ambassador. Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls. Image: NASA Administrator presents plaque to Honduran Ambassador. Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls.

NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe (left) formally returned a plaque containing a Moon rock to Honduran Ambassador Mario M. Canahuati (right). Presented by President Richard Nixon in 1973 to the Honduran people, the Moon rock mysteriously disappeared from the Presidential Palace between 1990 and 1994.

The plaque was recovered in a sting operation coordinated by NASA's Office of Inspector General. Several Federal agencies, now part of the Office of Homeland Security, participated in the operation.

 
 
Michael Braukus
NASA Headquarters
Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls