STATES CHRONICLE – If you are eager to own a handful of moon dust collected by Neil Armstrong himself, you will soon be able to purchase it. Sotheby will open an auction for a small bag containing this dust, as well as some other rocks from the lunar surface. The items are worth between $2 million and $4 million.
The moon dust’s previous owner
On July 20th, Americans celebrate 48 years since the first landing on the moon. To honor this anniversary accordingly, Sotheby is going to open an auction for the bag containing moon dust and rocks. The bag is currently in the possession of Nancy Lee Carlson, a lawyer from Chicago.
The woman bought the bag from a government website for only $995, as the authorities weren’t aware it contained real moon dust. After purchasing it, the woman sent the bag to NASA for an analysis, and they discovered the items came from a region on the moon called the Sea of Tranquility.
Usually, owning moon dust or anything that comes from Earth’s satellite is restricted. NASA, after finding out what the remnants in the bag were, tried to keep them and refused to return them to the woman who rightfully owned them. The woman took legal action against the space agency, and the US Court decided she should receive the bag back.
What else can you get at the lunar auction?
Sotheby is going to offer more ‘lunar’ objects for auction, including the photo taken by Armstrong of his fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin, or the flight plan used on the trip back to Earth. The offers for the snapshot, for instance, might go up to $4,000.
If you want to keep some moon dust in your house, or have any artifact related to the first lunar landing, you have to get ready to spend at least several thousands. Even so, this is a unique chance to honor the most important scientific victory achieved by humans in the 20th century, and support future space research.
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