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micro-amount of moon dust auctioned for 450,000 euros – Wel.nl

Five tubes with a minuscule amount of moon dust have been auctioned in the United States for 450,000 euros. Never before has lunar material been sold, as NASA policy forbids it. But it happened anyway due to human error.

The moon pellets were scooped into a bag by Neil Armstrong during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969. The astronauts collected a sample of half a kilo just to be sure. After that, more than twenty kilos were scooped up and taken away.

All of the lunar dust has been examined and stored by NASA, but the emptied pouch containing the emergency sample sold for less than a thousand dollars in the 1970s. It was not until 2015 that the buyer realized that there were remnants of moon dust in the seams of the bag.

After investigation, NASA confirmed this, and the space agency sued the buyer. Moon dust should remain in the hands of the government as a national heritage, they said. However, the judge ruled in favor of the buyer and he sold the emptied bag in 2017 for 1.5 million euros.

Now the moon dust also went under the hammer. The minuscule amount of moon dust was sold for approximately 450,000 euros.

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