NASA Recovers Stolen Moon DustJune 24, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment
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NASA Recovers Stolen Moon Dust From Apollo 11 Mission
Posted on: Friday, 24 June 2011, 13:25 CDT
NASA has recovered moon dust that was stolen from the space agency after the 1969 Apollo 11 mission just before it was about to be sold at auction.
Officials said the dust was smuggled out of NASA by a staff photographer who gathered it from a camera the astronauts used on the lunar surface.
NASA investigators discovered the dust at a St. Louis auction house this month.
It is illegal in the U.S. to possess moon rocks or moon dust.
“It wasn’t much to look at, but I will never be that close to the moon again,” US attorney for eastern Missouri Richard Callahan said in a statement. . . . [Full Story]