Alumna Puts Armstrong's Moon Dust Pouch Up for Auction

Wednesday 7, 2017

NMU alumna and Chicago-area attorney Nancy Lee Carlson (’74 BS) purchased a zippered pouch labeled “Lunar Sample Return” through an online auction two years ago. NASA testing confirmed it contains some of the very first moon dust collected by Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong in 1969. Carlson brought the bag to Sotheby’s auction house, which will feature it as the centerpiece of a Space Exploration sale on July 20 in New York. Her initial $995 investment is expected to fetch $2-4 million. She reportedly plans to donate some proceeds to various charities and establish a scholarship for speech pathology students at NMU. Read the full story here.

Kristi Evans
News Director

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