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Moon rocks from Apollo 11 landing found in Minn.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota National Guard has found Apollo 11 moon rocks in a storage facility among their military artifacts.

The moon rocks came from the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969, when astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on the moon. Some of the rocks they collected from the moon's surface have since gone missing.

On Wednesday morning, the moon rocks will be given to the Minnesota Historical Society before students at STARBASE Minnesota, a math and science program.

"We are honored to have this in our collection to preserve for future generations," Pat Gaarder, Minnesota Historical Society Deputy Director, said in a statement.  "Space exploration is an important part of our shared history.  It is also exciting to think that our collection includes artifacts from across the globe and now with these moon rocks, the galaxy."

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