It was only after reading about the fate of Ireland’s Apollo 11 moon rock that first attracted my attention to the existence of the Moon Rock gift programme. Which in turn inspired the whole Lost Moon project. After a fire at the Dunsink Observatory in Dublin in October 1977, Irleand’s Apollo 11 sample was accidently thrown into the nearby landfill along with the rest of the fire debris. The damaged items included Observatory books and journals as the fire had mainly destroyed the Meridan Room library aswell as the entire photographic collection. Still to be found, people have described the missing rock as ‘a pot of gold under a dump’.
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