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Moon Dust Back In NASA's Hands 73

Posted by timothy
from the my-precioussss dept.
gabbo529 writes with this excerpt: "It's only a speck but some moon dust from the original Apollo 11 mission is back in NASA's hands. The speck of moon dust was only one-eighth of an inch (3 millimeters) wide and was attached to a transparent piece of tape. To an auction house in St. Louis it was worth between $1,000 and $1,500. However, NASA got wind of the dust and was able to get it back."
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Moon Dust Back In NASA's Hands

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  • Car analogy (Score:4, Insightful)

    by mangu (126918) on Saturday June 25, 2011 @10:46AM (#36567986)

    it would not be illegal to resell the scrap of rock in question. Therefore it is not stolen

    Just like if I buy a stolen Porsche at the local chop shop it becomes mine and I can sell it?

    It is not a crime to resell something you bought in good faith, but that does not mean it becomes the legal property of the buyer. It still belongs to the original owner and it's up to those who bought it in good faith to try to recover from the thief whatever they paid for it.

You know you've landed gear-up when it takes full power to taxi.