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Old 01 March 2017, 12:26 AM
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Icon102 Woman wins custody battle against NASA for bag of moon dust

A priceless piece of national history is now in the possession of a space enthusiast, reports CBS Chicago.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/chicago-...-moon-landing/
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"Priceless" but listed on ebay for $995?
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Old 01 March 2017, 07:17 PM
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More troubling is this sentence.
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The space artifact is from the Apollo 11 mission, when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin first stepped foot on the moon on July 16, 1969
In my family that would have been like saying "Christmas on April 14th."
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"Priceless" but listed on ebay for $995?
Was it on eBay though? This article just says a US marshals auction page, and when I Google that, what it brings up is not a major site like eBay. It's probably a much more limited range of people looking at it, and they're mostly buying normal things like cars and jewelry. The pool of people bidding may not have included anyone prepared to evaluate historical artifacts. You don't need a huge pool of people bidding on cars, because they can just look up the blue book value and someone will snatch it up if it's underpriced. Something out of the ordinary can go overlooked if there is nothing obvious to compare the value to.

Moon dust is tricky because it's not inherently priceless. If you gave SpaceX $100 billion, they could probably get you a whole bunch of it. Right now, very few people have the stuff, but it's not clear how the price would appreciate if the dust has the potential to be commonplace in future generations. This particular sample is historical, because of when it was taken, which can't be replicated, but that's not exactly easy to demonstrate. Maybe a specialist auctioneer could have gotten more.
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More troubling is this sentence.In my family that would have been like saying "Christmas on April 14th."
That is troubling, but you can at least see how they got there (launch date). So more like saying that Christmas falls on the day after Thanksgiving
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Its unclear to me how the dust comes into play. It was variously described as a bag of dust, which it clearly is not, a bag covered in dust and a bag with dust particles. The pictures appear to show people handling it which I would think would lead to less dust.
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The pictures appear to show people handling it which I would think would lead to less dust.
What pictures?
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There are pictures in the video.
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It's more correctly a bag for moon dust but only the headline writer got that wrong. The news said it has some dust in it, which it almost certainly does if it's bona fide because they wouldn't have washed it and moon dust was infamously sticky. It wouldn't contain the actual dust sample, removed long ago for analysis, etc. The video shows someone handling (with gloves) a bag containing the moon dust bag, not touching the bag or (more importantly) touching its inside liner.

What I don't see is any indication it would have been from that first mission. I wonder if that's confirmed or if they're just using that mission as an example in the story.
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There's pictures of it being put in a bag, plus pictures of someone, with gloved hands, holding the sample bag open.
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Yeah, you're right. Still, just looking inside and holding it with gloves.
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So that means it's still got the brain-eating alien spores?
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Matthew Looney reproduces by brain spores?
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Wow, there's a series I haven't heard about in a long time.
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