From desk drawer to museum

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - August 2, 2010

But the state's official moon rock is getting some respect.

Next year it will go on display at a new wing of the state Museum of Natural Sciences.

The moon rock was returned to Earth by the Apollo 17 astronauts in December of 1972.

It somehow ended up in a drawer at the state Department of Commerce.

In recent years, N.C. State University Professor Christopher Brown has used the rock during visits to school groups.

But he's happy it is getting a new home.

He tells The News & Observer of Raleigh thousands of people will soon get to see the moon rock.

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