‘Moon rock’ given to Holland by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin is fake

A piece of moon rock was given during a goodwill tour by the three apollo 11 astronauts.

A piece of moon rock was given during a goodwill tour by the three apollo 11 astronauts.  Photo: Getty Images

Curators at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, where the rock has attracted tens of thousands of visitors each year, discovered that the “lunar rock”, valued at £308,000, was in fact petrified wood.

Xandra van Gelder, who oversaw the investigation, said the museum would continue to keep the stone as a curiosity.

“It’s a good story, with some questions that are still unanswered,” she said. “We can laugh about it.”

The rock was given to Willem Drees, a former Dutch leader, during a global tour by Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin following their moon mission 50 years ago.

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