Collection bag from Apollo 11 moon mission to be sold

Talk about an astronomical return on investment. A sample of ‘moon dust’ from the Apollo 11 landing that was mistakenly sold on a government website for $995 is going up for sale for up to $4million.

It is a simple, square white bag that traveled to the moon in 1969 on Apollo 11 and carried back to Earth the first sample of lunar material ever collected. 

That bag, owned by Chicago-area lawyer Nancy Lee Carlson, could fetch up to $4million when it goes on the auction block at Sotheby’s New York in July.

The bag – which contains remnants of moon dust and is labeled ‘LUNAR SAMPLE RETURN’ – is a collection pouch used by astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, during the Apollo 11 mission. 

‘Moon dust’ was captured by Neil Armstrong in the Contingency Lunar Sample Return Bag (above) and somehow ended up being sold on a government…

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