AUGUST 2009A(n alleged) moon rock given to the Dutch prime minister by Apollo 11 astro(-nots) in 1969 has turned out to be a fake. (What a shock! Never Address Serious Allegations was not honest? Tsk tsk!)
Curators at Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum, where the (common petrified chunk of wood heralded as a moon) rock has attracted tens of thousands of (bamboozled) visitors each year, discovered that the "lunar rock", valued at £308,000, was in fact petrified wood. (Value now approximately two cents including a recycled bottle trade-in)
Xandra van Gelder, who oversaw the (fraud) investigation, said the museum would continue to keep the (worthless chunk of petrified wood not moon) stone as a curiosity. (Why bother?)
"It's a good story (replace story with lie), with some questions (just SOME questions?) that are still unanswered," she said. "We can laugh about it." (NASA moon hoax proclaimers see nothing lighthearted about outright deception!)
The rock was given to Willem Drees, a former Dutch leader, during a global tour by Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin (CENSORED) following their (totally fabricated) moon mission (in some unnamed anonymous studio with strict security) 50 years ago.
J. William Middendorf, the former American ambassador to the Netherlands, made the presentation to Mr Drees and the (petrified chunk of wood not moon) rock was then donated (hopefully with a straight face) to the Rijksmuseum after his death in 1988.
"I do remember that Drees was very interested in the little piece of (not moon) stone. But that it's not real, I don't know anything (totally agree with THAT assessment) about that," Mr Middendorf said. (Drag out the standby plausible deniability excuse!)
Nasa gave (completely bogus not) moon rocks to more than 100 countries (petrified wood cheap and common) following lunar missions in 1969 and the 1970s. (Which never actually occurred)
The United States Embassy in The Hague is carrying out an investigation into the (totally disgraceful embarrassing) affair.
Researchers Amsterdam's Free University were able to tell at a glance (astro-nots fooled) the (not moon) rock was unlikely to be from the moon (NASA stooge will use pseudo-scientific bullshet to sway masses that it did), a conclusion that was borne out by tests (thankfully with no NASA/fed gov interference).
"It's a nondescript, pretty-much-worthless (piece of petrified wood not stone). Beunk, a geologist involved in the investigation, added.