Apollo 11 relic owned by IL woman to be auctioned off

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.

The current owner recently sent the bag to NASA and the organization confirmed it's genuine and the dust inside is indeed moon dust.

It will be up for auction on July 20 along with a signed photograph of Armstrong's companion Buzz Aldrin on the Moon and other memorabilia.

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.

On the Apollo 11 mission in 1969, USA astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first person to ever walk on the moon. Sotheby's auction house curators think the bag of moon dust could be the only privately held object of this nature on Earth.

Carlson plans to donate a portion of the sale proceeds to charity and to establish a scholarship at her alma mater, Northern Michigan University, Reuters reports.

Interested in the history of her purchase, she sent it to NASA in the hope of obtaining further information. But they couldn't hold on to one bag of moon dust.

The part number printed inside of the bag matched up to that of the "Contingency Lunar Sample Return Decontamination Bag" listed in the Apollo 11 Stowage list, Sotheby's said.

After Armstrong took that historic leap for mankind on the Apollo 11 mission, he did what many of us would do - grabbed a space souvenir in the form of a handful of moon rocks placed in a bag, which he put into a second bag.

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