[meteorite-list] Apollo 11 lunar fragment on eBay
From: Walter Branch <waltbranch_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu Apr 22 09:47:05 2004
Of course, this is not really a sample brought back by Apollo 11. Given the
total cost of the Apollo program, McSween estimates that NASA spent
$60,000/gram to bring back a few hundred kilos of lunar material. This
"lunar basalt" is 96 "earth" grams. I seriously doubt that NASA would place
5.7 million dollars of "lunar basalt" in a cheap $1.00 plastic display cube
then loan it out as an educators kit!
At best, its an imitation.
Indeed, if you read the description carefully, nowhere does the seller
actually state that this is a moon rock brought back by the crew of Apollo
11. It is implied, but not explicitly stated.
Take it for what the seller says it is . . . "This is a very unique object:
a black rock fragment mounted inside a small plastic case..."
And that's all.
I love the use of the term "very unique." If "unique" mean (literally) one
of a kind, what exactly does "very unique" mean?
Walter Branch, Ph.D.
322 Stephenson Ave., Suite B
Savannah, GA 31405 USA
----- Original Message -----
From: "Matteo Chinellato" <mcomemeteorite2000_at_yahoo.it>
To: "Charlie" <moonrock25_at_webtv.net>; <email@example.com>
Sent: Tuesday, November 06, 2001 8:09 AM
Subject: Re: [meteorite-list] Apollo 11 lunar fragment on eBay
> Anf the price only $25????
> --- Charlie <moonrock25_at_webtv.net> wrote:
> > Dear list members:
> > I've a feeling this is very real, but will no doubt
> > be cancelled by
> > eBay. Listing is described as part of a former
> > educator's kit, and
> > consists of a 96 g fragment of basalt in plexiglass
> > mounted on a plaque.
> > Specimen is numbered 10022.
> > Plaque reads "NASA, Johnson Spacecraft Center,
> > Houston, Texas". Base of
> > plaque describes Apollo 11 mission and the nature of
> > lunar basalt.
> > Best wishes,
> > Charlie Devine
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