Moon Dust With Kansas Connection to be Auctioned

Geronimo Vena
Luglio 20, 2017

You can now actually buy a bag of real Moon sand for a pouch is now heading for sale in an auction.

A piece of history from the first manned mission to the moon is up for auction at Sotheby's in New York Thursday after a legal tug of war between NASA and a private collector.

The artifact from the Apollo 11 mission was misidentified and sold at an online government auction. The pre-sale estimates by experts had it that the bag might cost somewhere between $2 million to $5 million.

The bag used by Armstrong was forgotten until it resurfaced three years ago on a USA government auction website and was bought by Chicago attorney Nancy Carlson for $995.

Sotheby's declined to identify the seller.

Investigators unknowingly hit the moon mother lode in 2003 while searching the garage of a man later convicted of stealing and selling museum artifacts, including some that were on loan from NASA.

The 30-by-20 centimeter white bag is made of Beta cloth and polyester, materials used for making products for extreme space conditions.

She sent the bag to NASA for authentication, and when tests revealed it was used by Armstrong and had traces of moon dust inside, the space agency chose to keep it. He ordered the government to return it.

The judge said the importance and desirability of the bag stemmed exclusively from the efforts of NASA employees whose "amazing technical achievements, skill and courage in landing astronauts on the moon and returning them safely have not been replicated in the nearly half a century since the Apollo 11 landing".

When it comes to moon landings, Thursday's auction is far from the final frontier.

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