Article 3S6DG Woman: Neil Armstrong gave me moondust; I don’t want NASA to take it away

Woman: Neil Armstrong gave me moondust; I don’t want NASA to take it away

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Cyrus Farivar
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Laura Murray Cicco says that as a 10-year-old, she got a "glass vial with a rubber stopper full of light grey dust," along with a signed note from the famed Apollo 11 astronaut. (credit: US District Court for the Federal District of Kansas)

A woman who claims to own a small vial of lunar dust that she says was given to her as a child by Neil Armstrong has now sued NASA.

She is seemingly concerned that the government might attempt to come after her—NASA has previously taken the legal position that "private persons cannot own lunar material," and has criminally investigated people claiming to sell such lunar material or otherwise tried to seize such artifacts.

The woman, Laura Murray Cicco, says that as a 10-year-old, she received a "glass vial with a rubber stopper full of light grey dust," along with a signed note from the famed Apollo 11 astronaut.

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