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Distribution of Apollo 11 Lunar Samples and Flown Flags to Foreign Nations

In November 1969, then-U.S. President Richard Nixon requested NASA fabricate approximately 250 displays for distribution by the White House containing lunar surface material and the flags of 135 nations, U. S. possessions and states.

Each presentation included 0.05 grams of dust (encased in lucite) retrieved by the Apollo 11 astronauts, as well as a flag of the recepient nation carried aboard the mission.

The displays presented to foriegn nations were inscribed:

 

Presented to the People of ____________ by Richard Nixon, President of the United States of America.

This Flag of Your Nation was Carried to the Moon and Back by Apollo 11 and This Fragment of the Moon's Surface was Brought to Earth by the Crew of That First Manned Lunar Landing.
(With exception of the plaque for Venezuela, when it was discovered that the country's flag was not carried aboard Apollo 11. Instead, a flag flown on Apollo 12 was used with the following wording: "This flag of your nation was carried to the moon and back, and this fragment of the moon's surface was brought to earth by the crew of the first manned lunar landing.")

The following nations received a display:

Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
Andorra
Argentina
Australia
Austria
Barrados
Belgium
Bhutan
Bolivia
Botswana
Brazil
Bulgaria
Burma
Burundi
Cambodia
Cameroon
Canada
Central African Rep
Ceylon
Chad
Chile
China
Columbia
Congo/Brazzaville
Congo (Kinshasa)
Costa Rica
Cuba
Cyprus
Czechoslovakia
Dahomey
Denmark
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Elsalvador
Equatorial Guinea
Ethiopia
Finland
France
Gabon
Gambia
Germany
Ghana
Greece
Guatemala
Guinea
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Hungary
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Ivory Coast
Jamaica
Japan
Jordan
Kenya
Korea
Kuwait
Laos
Lebanon
  Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Liechtenstein
Luxenbourg
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldwe Islands
Mali
Malta
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mexico
Monaco
Mongolia
Morocco
Muscat and Oman
Nauru
Nepal
Netherlands
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
Norway
Pakistan
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Rwanda
Sanmarino
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Somalia
South Africa
Southern Yemen
Soviet Union
Spain
Sudan
Swaziland
Sweden
Switzerland
Syria
Tanzania
Thailand
Togo
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Uganda
United Arab Rep
United Kingdom
Upper Volta
Uruguay
Venezuela
Vietnam
Western Samoa
Yemen
Yugoslavia
Zambia

Displays were also presented to the United Nations and Vatican City.
 
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