Apollo 11 moon dust eaten by cockroaches suspended by NASA

Can you imagine an object coming directly from the moon? This is the dream of many astronauts and thinking about it, a company has put up for sale some samples obtained from NASA. Everything seems to be correct except for one detail: the proposed moon dust was eaten by cockroaches.

The case went viral because the samples were first taken by astronauts for a walk on the satellite, taken directly from the Apollo 11 mission and from the cockroach’s stomach. However, NASA intervened and asked the RR auction to suspend ownership of the object.

The item “Apollo 11 Lunar Soil Experiment (Cockroach, Slide and Post-Destructive Testing Specimen)” was to go up for auction last Thursday (23) when the company was informed by NASA. “NASA claims legal ownership of Apollo 11 lunar dust test equipment …

Curious object

But you may be wondering how RR auction got this sample? The moon dust was studied by the late Marion Brooks, who analyzed the physiological effects of lunar matter on cockroaches. After Apollo 11 landed on Earth, the animals were fed moon dust and after making sure there were no problems with insects, the astronauts were released from isolation and Brooks took samples.

So, while researchers around the world were waiting for samples of the primitive moon to be studied, Marion Brooks, an entomologist at St. Paul’s University, decided to focus on material analysis of the eight preserved cockroaches, or “preserved cockroaches.” .

Brooks worked with two groups of cockroaches. A raw moon composed of an insect feeds a mixture of both regolith and regular food. Others, by those who only ingested the sterile moon Earth.

“I found no evidence of an infectious agent,” he told the media at the time, adding that there were no signs that the moon’s soil was toxic or dangerous for cockroaches.

The scientist retired in 1986, but some time ago he took home what he had left from his lunar work as a souvenir: one of the slides for microscopic tissue analysis, a newspaper clipping describing his studies, a postcard from the Mand Space Center. Johnson Space Center), a replica of the Apollo 11 blade left on the moon, a commemorative envelope and, of course, three analyzed Blatella Germanica cockroaches and some elements of their stomachs.

He then placed it on a framed canvas that hung on the wall of his home, where he died in 2007 at the age of 89. Three years later, his collection was auctioned off by the former Galleria Regency-Superior for US $ 10,000 (which will now be around R $ 47,000). A portion was sold at the RR auction.

The commemorative board of entomologist Marion Brooks has items related to her research on the Apollo 11 lunar specimen. Photo: RR auction

I took the moon dust

The RR auction is expected to raise about $ 400,000 from the sample auction. However, after 12 bids, the maximum bid amount was $ 36,000. The agency confirmed that it had canceled the auction at NASA’s request.

“As strange as this lot is, the historical value of these cockroaches’ role in the American space program is undeniable. I have decided to withdraw the lot, ”the press release said.

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