Moon Dust Gathered by Neil Armstrong auctioned in New York

Lunar dust collected by Neil Armstrong during the Apollo 11 mission is slated for auction and is the only specimen permitted to be sold.

The estimated value was between $800,000 and $1.2 million, Barrons reported Monday, adding that the moon dust “will highlight Bonham’s sale of space exploration artifacts on April 13 in New York City. “.

A photo show the five separate specimens nestled in a blue box with a blue marker noting their numbers:

Collecting the samples was one of the first things Armstrong did after he walked on the moon on July 21, 1969.

On July 20, 1969, Armstrong, alongside Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, became the first human being to land on the surface of the moon.

Armstrong later became known as the first individual to step on it, according to

When he took his first step, Armstrong said, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” The Apollo 11 mission took place eight years after President John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) announced a national goal of landing a man on the moon by the late 1960s. Apollo 17, the last manned lunar mission, took place in 1972.

The American effort to send astronauts to the Moon originated in an appeal by President Kennedy to a special joint session of Congress on May 25, 1961: “I believe this nation should be committed to the goal, before the end of this decade, to land a man on the moon and return him safely to Earth.

After NASA placed the dust in the Apollo 11 Contingency Sample Return Container (CSRC) decontamination bag, it was eventually kept in a museum without a loan agreement.

However, the bag was confiscated as the museum’s former director was imprisoned for stealing artifacts and then selling them, according to Barrons’ article.

“Nancy Lee Carlson, a Michigan attorney, purchased the specimen at an auction in 2015 and sent the bag to NASA for identification and testing. NASA attempted to seize the property and, following ‘a lawsuit, Carlson was granted ownership of the moon relic,’ the outlet continued, adding that Carlson later sold the bag through Sotheby’s for $1.8 million.


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