The lunar dust from Apollo 11 has been brought back to Earth by astronauts and now the strange items are up for sale, but they come at a hefty price
Image: RR AUCTION)
Lunar landing dust pickled by roaches is for sale and could be yours – for just £320,000.
Apollo 11 moondust was extracted from the stomachs of cockroach carcasses as they were reportedly being returned to Earth by astronauts.
The rather obscure items were part of Nasa’s biological investigation into unsafe “moon bugs.”
An estimated 22 kilograms of lunar rock was brought back from the Apollo 11 mission and is now set to be auctioned in Boston along with items belonging to kings and presidents.
The moondust won’t come cheap, however, with early estimates for the dust, roaches and mementos being around $400,000 (£322,400).
RR Auction, an American company specializing in space memorabilia, is overseeing the auction, which opened for bids on May 26 and runs through June 23.
Bobby Livingston, Executive Vice President of RR Auction, said: “The item I’m most excited about is this Apollo 11 science experiment in which roaches were fed Apollo 11 lunar material.
“This is the material, the lunar material, that was digested by the cockroaches during the destructive test. This moon dust was eaten by cockroaches. And these are the remnants of it.”
When the Apollo 11 crew returned to Earth, they had to quarantine for 21 days.
Because scientists weren’t sure if the astronauts would bring back “moon bugs,” or germs that could pose a potential threat to life on Earth.
As a result, Nasa built a facility to house the astronauts so they could closely monitor them, and when the Apollo 11 crew brought back nearly 22 kilograms of lunar rock, the men were closely tested.
The items are now for sale and other pieces in the collection include a 1943 German Enigma machine estimated at $275,000 and a dollar bill signed by Elon Musk listed at $5,000.
Items belonging to Babe Ruth and King Henry VIII will also be auctioned.
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