Nancy Lee Carlson Bought a Piece of the Moon—NASA Really Wants It Back


A bag containing lunar dust scooped up by Neil Armstrong was forgotten for decades; it’s potentially worth millions
By Kelly Crow
May 19, 2017 11:08 a.m. ET
When Nancy Lee Carlson discovered an online auction two years ago for moon dust, she couldn’t believe her luck. A geology buff, she spent childhood summers scouring for rocks along Michigan’s Lake Superior, but wasn’t a serious collector. She figured the dust was genuine because it was being auctioned on behalf of the U.S. Marshals Service.

“Ooh boy, that’s something I’d love to have,” she recalls thinking, remembering the astronauts and spacewalks she watched growing up. The 62-year-old hadn’t bid on anything as high as…

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