Neil Armstrong’s Moon Dust Bag to be sold at an auction

May 24, 2017 16:30 IST

Neil Armstrong’s Moon Dust Bag will be sold at an auction at Sotheby’s auction house in New York on 20 July 2017. The announcement of the auction was made by Sotheby’s Auction House on 23 May 2017.

It will be up for auction along with a signed photograph of Armstrong’s companion Buzz Aldrin on the Moon and other noteworthy objects. The auction will coincide with 48th Anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the Moon.

The bag is expected to fetch up to  USD 4 million.


Neil Armstrong’s Moon Dust Bag

Neil Armstrong’s Moon Dust Bag
• The bag is labelled as 'Lunar Sample Return'.
• It is an extremely rare bag which was used by NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong to collect the first dust samples from the Moon. It contains remnants of moon dust.
• The bag was brought back to Earth 48 years ago and is an exceptionally rare relic of humanity’s greatest achievement.
• The bag is a collection pouch used by astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission.
• During the Apollo 11 mission, Armstrong collected nearly 500 grams of material finer than 1 cm, as well as 12 rock fragments larger than one cm from five different locations on the lunar surface in the region known as the Sea of Tranquillity.

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Where was the bag till now?
The true history of the bag went unknown for decades until 2014. The bag was offered for auction three separate times in 2014, garnering not a single bid. It was re-listed for auction again in 2015, where Nancy Carlson won the bag with a bid of USD 995.

Curious about the history of the bag, Carlson sent it to NASA for its authenticity. After a thorough observation, NASA found out that the bag was from Apollo 11 Mission and it collected the first lunar samples ever. Following this, NASA kept the coveted bag with itself.

However, to get back the bag, Carlson sued NASA in Federal Court. The court ordered NASA to return the bag to Carlson, paving the way for its auction.

Through this July 2017 auction of Moon Dust Bag, Carlson plans to donate some of the proceeds to charities including the Immune Deficiency Foundation and a children’s health centre. She also plans to create a scholarship for speech pathology students at Northern Michigan University.

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