Alumna's Moon Dust Bag Auctioned for $1.8 Million

Thursday 20, 2017

A bag containing moon dust collected by Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong, and purchased for $995 by NMU alumna Nancy Lee Carlson ('74 BS), was sold at a Sotheby's space-themed auction today for $1.8 million. The buyer's identity and intended location for the bag were not released. Carlson is a Chicago-area attorney. She had to wage a legal battle to be declared the rightful owner of the bag before putting it up for auction. Carlson had said she plans to donate some proceeds to various charities and establish a scholarship for speech pathology students at NMU. Read the Chicago Tribune story here

Kristi Evans
News Director

"lunar sample return" bag