The U.S. last week returned part of the moon to Nicaragua 30 years after former dictator Anastasio Somoza sold it off to a U.S. businessman.
In a private ceremony on Nov. 16, NASA administrator Charles F. Bolden presented Nicaraguan Ambassador Francisco Campbell with a collection of moon rocks that were originally given to the people of Nicaragua by U.S. President Richard Nixon in 1973. The moon rocks, gathered by the crew of the Apollo 11 during the first manned lunar landing, were presented along with a small Nicaraguan flag that made the journey into space.
At some point, the gift was sold to U.S. businessman Bob Stupak, who kept it locked in a safe until his death two years ago, when it was given back to NASA. The U.S. space agency then returned it to the people of Nicaragua via its ambassador in Washington, D.C.