Scientific tests revealed the dust in the bag to be moon dust, specifically from the Apollo 11 landing site. But NASA (which would like the bag to be in a museum) may have a chance to get it back: Sotheby's NY has announced it will be a part of their Space Exploration auction on July 20th, and they expect it will go for up to $4 million.
- A Chicago lawyer is about to make a fortune from a bag of rocks.
A bag that contains evidence of moon dust is being auctioned off by suburban Chicago attorney Nancy Lee Carson who gained control of the artifact after a legal battle with the federal government.
He collected 12 pieces of rock and almost 500 grams of material from the surface of the moon and kept it safely in this bag. But over the years the bag mysteriously disappeared.
The bag has text which reads "Lunar sample return" so Ms Carlson thought (and, no doubt, hoped) it could be a unique find. It was recovered in 2003 during a criminal investigation against the director of the Kansas Cosmosphere at that time, and the dust was misidentified.
Carlson sent the bag to the Johnson Space Center to find out what mission it had been used on. There were also a few things that came back with the astronauts.
A piece of space exploration history will be sold in July due to a mistake made in 2015 that landed a pouch that once held moon rocks in private hands.
The auction house will put the bag on display during a virtual-reality conference on June 22 and 23, and then again on July 13 before the auction, which is open to the public.
Realising the object was in fact something NASA wasn't aware it had lost, the space agency refused to return the object to Ms Carlson and asked the court to rescind the auction because it believed it was the dust's rightful owner.