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United States Donates Lunar Sample to the People of Cyprus

Ambassador Garber provides remarks at the Lunar Sample donation ceremony at the Presidential Palace on December 16, 2022. Photo credit: Andreas Loucaides / PIO

December 16, 2022

Donation of Lunar Sample

Press Release

Today, December 16, 2022, the United States donated a lunar sample, mounted on a commemorative plaque, to the people of Cyprus.  The sample was collected in December 1972 during the Apollo 17 mission to the Moon.  In collaboration with the Cyprus Space Exploration Organization (CSEO), the United States conducted public outreach for Cypriots to learn about and view the sample prior to its formal donation to the Republic of Cyprus.  The donation is a symbol of the scientific aspirations and collaboration of our countries and a tangible symbol of the 2022 renewal of the 10-year Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement between the United States and the Republic of Cyprus.

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GREEK version (pdf 100kb)
TURKISH version (pdf 442kb)