As it turns out, trying to sell the moon’s dust extracted from cockroaches’ stomachs disrupts NASA.

As a result, the space agency has asked RR Auction New Hampshire to suspend its sales of the once-crushed sample. The referendum, “The Apollo 11 Lunar Soil Experiment (Cockroaches, Slides, and Experimental Experiment Scenario),” was due to fall under the hammer on Thursday evening (June 23) as part of RR’s live bidding “Remarkable Rarities Auction.”

“NASA claims the legal ownership of materials including the Apollo 11 lunar dust test … based on information and documents provided in the description of space and evidence regarding NASA’s current contracting procedures,” a spokesman for NASA’s Office of the Adviser-General. wrote RR Auction in a letter on Wednesday, a week after first reaching the company. “It is clear and indisputable that the research material belongs to NASA.”

The conflicting section covers what is left of Marion Brooks’ latest research on the health effects of lunar eclipses on Blattella germanica, or German cockroaches. NASA scientists fed insects the moon’s dust shortly after the 1969 Apollo 11 lunar missions. After the adverse effects of astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins were confined to solitary confinement, the cockroaches (now dead) were handed over to Brooks, a pesticide expert at St. Louis University. Paul, to learn more.

On the auction was a small bowl of moon dust that Brooks carefully removed from the carcasses of the cockroaches, as well as the three (dead) cockroaches and two boxes of tissue slides for microscopic reading.

RR Auction initially rejected NASA’s request to suspend the sale, asking the agency to explain better how it reached its legal and legal decision. After further communication, the company changed its position.

“While this may be surprising, the historical significance of the role played by these cockroaches in the U.S. space program is unquestionable. , “said Mark Zaid, attorney for RR Auction, in a statement issued to collect SPACE.

Before the sale, which began on May 26, RR Auction expected monthly goods and cockroaches to sell for up to $ 400,000. By the time the lot was withdrawn, she had received 12 bids totaling $ 36,300.

It was not the first time Brooks’ Apollo 11 archive had been sold. In 2010, three years after Brooks’ death, his family sent cockroaches and moon dust to the former Regency-Superior Galleries in Beverly Hills, California, selling lots for $ 10,000.

“NASA does not know about this auction,” a NASA attorney wrote about the sale 12 years ago. “Most importantly, the auction does not make the sale of these items likely to be fair or legal. Continuing to sell these items is an unfair and illegal waste of NASA’s assets.”

The RR Auction decision to draw lots leaves only two known cases where the loose, collected moon (unlike natural meteorites) are officially sold. In April of this year, Bonhams sold at auction a small sample of the monthly dust of Apollo 11 for $ 504,375. In that case, the moon samples were released by NASA to the collector after a series of lawsuits.

Earlier, the Sothebys sold three small stones recovered by the former Luna 16 robotic probe of the former Soviet Union for $ 855,000 in 2018.

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