800,000 dollars, or just over 738,000 euros.
This is the starting price of five samples of dust from the Moon which will be auctioned this Wednesday in New York by Bonhams, reports
This dust was collected during the Apollo 11 mission led by Neil Armstrong.
It was the cosmonaut who brought the samples back in 1969. This dust took place on a ribbon of carbon about 10 mm in diameter and can only be observed by taking an electron microscope.
Collecting lunar dust was one of the main objectives of Neil Armstrong's mission.
It was the day after his moon landing, on July 20, 1969, that the cosmonaut stepped on the Earth satellite by collecting a kilo of lunar matter which he plunged into a bag in 3 minutes and 5 seconds, listed NASA in its archives.
Small samples of moon dust collected at first moon landing by Neil Armstrong hit the block at @bonhams1793 in two weeks.
Bought for $995 seven years ago, the estimate for sale is $800,000 to $1.2 million.
Initial buyer sold lunar collection bag it was in for $1.8 million!
Rovell (@darrenrovell) March 31, 2022
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A bag lost by NASA
This bag was placed in another decontamination bag.
But NASA ended up losing track of this piece, which ended up in a personal collection.
It belonged to a former curator of the Cosmosphere space museum located in Hutchinson, Kansas (United States).
As the man was accused of illegally selling pieces from the museum, the bag was confiscated from him and auctioned off to pay part of the damages.
The person who bought the bag had it analyzed to authenticate it.
NASA has confirmed that it was the Apollo mission bag.
The space agency was able to retain a few specks of dust.
The piece auctioned on Wednesday is the “only sample from the Apollo mission that can be legally sold,” Bonhams said.
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