Some Moon News

Image via AP.
Image via AP.

Here’s some news about the moon.

Buzz Aldrin tweeted about the famous photo of him walking on the moon, reports Mashable, repeating a claim he made in Time that he was just chilling when Neil Armstrong decided to snap a pic because the light was good. Sort of like when you’re with your friends at the beach:

In other moon news, Neil Armstrong’s “moon dust bag” was sold for $1.8 million at a Sotheby’s auction on Thursday, according to CNN.

Image via AP.
Image via AP.

The original collector, Nancy Carlson, bought it for $995 two years ago by bidding on an auction of seized assets online, hosted by the US Marshals Service who had taken it from an embezzling space museum president (would watch that movie).

Carlson sent it to NASA, who identified it as the bag Armstrong used to collect lunar dust on his Apollo 11 trip, and there was still some of the sweet stuff inside. This seems like a bad idea to me if you want to hang onto your moon powder. And it was: a legal battle ensued. NASA wanted to keep the bag, but a court ruled she’d acquired it lawfully and they were forced to return it. Now Carlson is rolling in money instead of lunar dust.

Finally, grime icon Dizzee Rascal has released his album Raskit with a track titled “Space.” According to Genius, the song samples the voices of NASA personnel and also bits of JFK discussing America’s efforts to go to the moon:

And that’s all the moon news.

Contributing Writer, writing my first book for the Dial Press called The Lonely Hunter, follow me on Twitter @alutkin

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NASA should have had to paid her what she paid for it, maybe a bit more, but should have gotten it back. Also the US Marshalls who put it up for sale were idiots.