Dead Roaches That Ate Moon Dust Went Up for Auction. Then NASA Objected.

The sale was halted after the space agency claimed it owned everything associated with a 1969 experiment that explored whether lunar soil was dangerous to terrestrial life.Top of Form

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Cockroaches that were fed moon dust from the 1969 Apollo 11 mission as part of an experiment were pulled from an auction this month after NASA objected.Credit…Lawrence McGlynn/RR Auction, via Associated Press

Unanswered questions fill the cosmos: Are there infinite universes? Why does anything exist? How much would one pay for moon dust digested by a cockroach?

On that last mystery, humanity was close to an answer this month. Then, lawyers for NASA intervened.

Three insects were put up for auction online — along with the moon dust they were fed as part of an experiment in 1969 to observe the effects of lunar material on terrestrial life.


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