July 28, 2010 8:09 PM

North Carolina's moon rock to shine again in state museum

It's also a drab little black pebble encased in a plastic ball and glued to a slightly kitschy early 1970s plaque. Which might help explain how the state's official moon rock ended up in a desk drawer at the Department of Commerce, then spent the past seven years in the custody of a university professor who took it on occasional visits to school groups.

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