NASA stops auction of moon dust and cockroaches because it claims “that it belongs to them

NASA stopped selling moon dust that was collected during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969. The dust was fed to small animals to see if it was toxic. 

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The North American space agency NASA has stopped the auction of lunar dust  and cockroaches involved during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969.

The entity stopped the sale made by the Remarkable Rarities house, pointing out that said items are government property.

federal cockroaches

Three German cockroach carcasses and 40 milligrams of moondust were auctioned on May 25 this year and fetched $400,000. In a letter to Remarkable Rarities, NASA ‘s attorney stated that all materials from the experiment were federal property.

“All Apollo samples, as set forth in this collection of articles, belong to NASA, and no person, university, or other entity has been given permission to retain them after analysis, destruction, or other use for any purpose, especially for individual sale or display,” NASA said in a letter dated June 15, according to The AP .

According to the auction site, cockroaches and moon dust were used in an Apollo 11 experiment to determine if moon rocks contained any pathogens that could threaten life on Earth.