NASA Moon Rock Bust Proves Astronomically Sad

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NASA Moon Rock Bust Proves Astronomically Sad

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More details about the recent attempt to sell a moon rock for $1.7 million have surfaced, and things have gone from comical to depressing pretty darn quick.

Back in May, news came to light about how a woman was busted by the police as she tried to sell a moon rock for $1.7 million. When the story first broke, this sounded like a borderline amazing story about a stupid criminal and I also learned that becoming a NASA investigator was the only thing I've ever wanted. Now that more details have emerged, though, it turns out that this is one of the saddest cases you're likely to read about.

74-year-old Joann Davis says that she was trying to raise money for her sick son when she was detained by NASA investigators and police officers. While that's often the kind of excuse you hear about from criminals caught with their hands in the proverbial cookie jar, it sounds like Davis was stuck in a bad situation.

The national treasure Davis attempted to sell was a piece of authenticated moon rock that's actually just a speck (smaller than a grain of rice), encased in an acrylic paperweight. According to the woman, the lunar souvenir was a gift from Neil Armstrong to her deceased husband, who worked as an engineer for a NASA contractor.

Davis herself is the one who started the investigation into the sale: She actually contacted NASA, trying to find a buyer for the rock and a "nickel-sized" piece of the heat shield that protected Apollo 11 when it returned from its mission to the moon in 1969.

According to the Huffington Post:

"I've been searching the internet for months attempting to find a buyer," Davis wrote. "If you have any thoughts as to how I can proceed with the sale of these two items, please call."

The items were mementos from Davis's husband's collection, which sounds like it's sizable. She was reportedly selling the pieces in order to leave an inheritance for her children that they could use to take care of her sick son. On top of all this, when she was detained by investigators, the woman was left with bruises on her arms and became so frightened that she lost bladder control.

Davis wasn't arrested for the attempted sale, and probably won't be, since -according to retired NASA investigator Joseph Gutheinz- prosecuting her could be really difficult, based on the fact that smaller lunar samples weren't always looked after and an unknown number of smaller rocks may have made their way into the hands of the general public.

Aside from the depressing details surrounding the sale, it'll be interesting to see if Davis's claim about the rock's origin proves true. Neil Armstrong has been interviewed by NASA investigators in the past, and he told them he hadn't given away any moon rocks.

Source: Huffington Post

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Dang, I bet the investigators feel like assholes if this is true.

Oh cmon NASA, just let her sell it...its just dust, plus you got boulders back in the labs. you dont need rice particles.

It must have come from the dark side of the moon.

huh...yeah that kinda sours the mood over all this just a bit

Well this may just so happen change everything.

Just.. what?

If it turns out to be genuine, and it doesn't fall under the description of "fraud", why are we even considering the possibility of not letting her sell it? Why would it be illegal to sell a rock from a moon? Is it dangerous? Is it government property?

If its her property, where's the crime?
Just ask Armstrong. His answer basically determines everything, doesn't it?

Klepa:
Just.. what?

If it turns out to be genuine, and it doesn't fall under the description of "fraud", why are we even considering the possibility of not letting her sell it? Why would it be illegal to sell a rock from a moon? Is it dangerous? Is it government property?

My guess is that moon rocks are stolen property that are worth millions because of how much money it took to get them.

It's a shave of rock from a giant fucking rock in space.

Whoopty fucking doo-
If she wants to sell it, be my guest. There's plenty of it on the moon.

So either Neil Armstrong or this woman (or her husband) is a liar.

Side note: People really take The Huffington Post seriously here, eh? I could have sworn it was only a step up from the National Inquirer. I guess I'm wrong.

I'd make a Portal 2 joke, but this would be in horribly bad taste, considering the article. I hope the situation gets quickly sorted out, as it's starting to look like one of those "crimes" I'd almost willingly condone.

Putting people into space? Are you nuts, what a waste of money.

Hunting down people trying obtain financial security for their loved ones [1], now THAT'S effective.[2]

[1] Interesting there was no follow-up on the sick son part.
[2] And thumbs-up to the ten states that supposedly -lost- pieces of national treasure. Bravo.

draythefingerless:
Oh cmon NASA, just let her sell it...its just dust, plus you got boulders back in the labs. you dont need rice particles.

Haven't you seen that documentary, Apollo 18 I think it was called. All moon rocks are actually evil spider creatures that infect your bloodstream and do other nasty things. NASA are just protecting us.

:)

Abandon4093:

draythefingerless:
Oh cmon NASA, just let her sell it...its just dust, plus you got boulders back in the labs. you dont need rice particles.

Haven't you seen that documentary, Apollo 18 I think it was called. All moon rocks are actually evil spider creatures that infect your bloodstream and do other nasty things. NASA are just protecting us.

:)

Pfft...please. dont be so naive. That movie was just another set up to move peoples curiosity away from the truth that the moon landings were fake. DUH.

THEJORRRG:
If its her property, where's the crime?
Just ask Armstrong. His answer basically determines everything, doesn't it?

Any material gained off of earth is illegal unless its in a government lab. This is because of an early space exploration legislation in the 60-70s that banned its sale. The governments feared that alien material may contain germs which would potentially effect our environment or start a xeno plague.

The law was never taken out of effect, and quickly forgotten about by the time the space race hysteria ended. Its a controlled substance just like selling uranium is frowned upon. Moon dirt is also dangerous if not handled properly. If you spill it and inhale it, its the same as inhaling particles of shattered glass. It can and will hurt your lungs and possibly eyes.

Ultratwinkie:
The law was never taken out of effect, and quickly forgotten about by the time the space race hysteria ended. Its a controlled substance just like selling uranium is frowned upon. Moon dirt is also dangerous if not handled properly. If you spill it and inhale it, its the same as inhaling particles of shattered glass. It can and will hurt your lungs and possibly eyes.

Poor Cave Johnson :(

OT: I say Armstrong should speak up and put this matter to rest. Hell how about compensate the woman for the discovery of a lost "national treasure"

Ultratwinkie:

THEJORRRG:
If its her property, where's the crime?
Just ask Armstrong. His answer basically determines everything, doesn't it?

Any material gained off of earth is illegal unless its in a government lab. This is because of an early space exploration legislation in the 60-70s that banned its sale. The governments feared that alien material may contain germs which would potentially effect our environment or start a xeno plague.

The law was never taken out of effect, and quickly forgotten about by the time the space race hysteria ended. Its a controlled substance just like selling uranium is frowned upon. Moon dirt is also dangerous if not handled properly. If you spill it and inhale it, its the same as inhaling particles of shattered glass. It can and will hurt your lungs and possibly eyes.

Oh! Wow, that's actually pretty serious. I thought she was in trouble for theft, not accidentally threatening us with xeno-plague.

THEJORRRG:

Ultratwinkie:

THEJORRRG:
If its her property, where's the crime?
Just ask Armstrong. His answer basically determines everything, doesn't it?

Any material gained off of earth is illegal unless its in a government lab. This is because of an early space exploration legislation in the 60-70s that banned its sale. The governments feared that alien material may contain germs which would potentially effect our environment or start a xeno plague.

The law was never taken out of effect, and quickly forgotten about by the time the space race hysteria ended. Its a controlled substance just like selling uranium is frowned upon. Moon dirt is also dangerous if not handled properly. If you spill it and inhale it, its the same as inhaling particles of shattered glass. It can and will hurt your lungs and possibly eyes.

Oh! Wow, that's actually pretty serious. I thought she was in trouble for theft, not accidentally threatening us with xeno-plague.

They take this stuff pretty seriously because of that fact. Its very dangerous to the unsuspecting. It could have led to a plague, with no guarantee we could cure it. This is why they seal the rocks away in labs or museums, they cant be allowed to be in open air. This is also why moon rocks are illegal to have, and far more illegal to sell.

Sounds... depressing. Seems odd that there seems to be a stance that no one else can own a moon rock but the government, especially hearing that smaller samples tended to not be so well looked after.

Also Is it wrong that i really want to grind up some moon rocks and sort them through a hundred off a hooker?

Scrumpmonkey:

Also Is it wrong that i really want to grind up some moon rocks and sort them through a hundred off a hooker?

Probably, but if you were a writer for a show like South Park the idea might be worth something.

Wow, that is rather sad news...come on NASA dontcha got anything better to do? Hope she gets the money shes looking for...shes just trying to be a good mother even in her 70's.

Thanks escapist my mood is at an all time low.

Just can't lay off the puns in the titles, can you?

Hmmm...NAAAASA! You got some 'splaning to do!

Must resist making reference to either Pink Floyd or Portal 2...

Bruises on her arms and she was so terrorised that she lost bladder control???
74 years old?!?!

Who the FUCK interviewed her?

Where was her legal representation?

What gives a fucking aeronautics agency the power to conduct police-like investigations like this?

America, sort your fucking shit out!

Fucking hell guys, just let her sell it. She could probably sue you for more than she would have gotten by selling it.

That's pretty depressing.

Boba Frag:
America, sort your fucking shit out!

I wouldn't blame ALL of America for something like this. Not every single person in America were all in on it.

ultimateownage:
Fucking hell guys, just let her sell it. She could probably sue you for more than she would have gotten by selling it.

That's pretty depressing.

Boba Frag:
America, sort your fucking shit out!

I wouldn't blame ALL of America for something like this. Not every single person in America were all in on it.

Sorry, dude, but my temper flared when I read about an elderly woman treated like that.

And if that is possible in the US, then, in a sense, there's a very serious problem in American justice.

Of course I don't blame ordinary Americans for it, but if they're going to turn a blind eye to this stuff, then ultimately a measure of blame goes to the society that permits it.

vansau:

On top of all this, when she was detained by investigators, the woman was left with bruises on her arms and became so frightened that she lost bladder control.

I know how she can raise the money for her son! Sue the fucker that did this to her!

So she has a pebble from a soundstage in Burbank, so what.
What does NASA care if she tries to convince people it's from the moon.

kidding.

She's forced to sell her dead husbands possessions to get treatment for her son.
"America, fuck yeah"

Ultratwinkie:

THEJORRRG:

Ultratwinkie:

Any material gained off of earth is illegal unless its in a government lab. This is because of an early space exploration legislation in the 60-70s that banned its sale. The governments feared that alien material may contain germs which would potentially effect our environment or start a xeno plague.

The law was never taken out of effect, and quickly forgotten about by the time the space race hysteria ended. Its a controlled substance just like selling uranium is frowned upon. Moon dirt is also dangerous if not handled properly. If you spill it and inhale it, its the same as inhaling particles of shattered glass. It can and will hurt your lungs and possibly eyes.

Oh! Wow, that's actually pretty serious. I thought she was in trouble for theft, not accidentally threatening us with xeno-plague.

They take this stuff pretty seriously because of that fact. Its very dangerous to the unsuspecting. It could have led to a plague, with no guarantee we could cure it. This is why they seal the rocks away in labs or museums, they cant be allowed to be in open air. This is also why moon rocks are illegal to have, and far more illegal to sell.

But isn't the moon a barren wasteland, where NO LIFE WHATSOEVER can survive? Not even single cell organisms could survive? Even if there was some kind of dangerous microbe there at one stage that was perserved somehow, frozen maybe, wouldn't the lack of atmosphere, lethal temperature fluctuations and constant solar radiation (particularly the last one) render them unrevivable?

I'm not some kind of world-class astronomer or anything like that, but that explaination doesn't fly with me. Could an alien microbe pose a threat to us/our planet? Maybe; but I don't see how such a microbe could come from the moon of all places.

Boba Frag:
What gives a fucking aeronautics agency the power to conduct police-like investigations like this?

Same thing that gives it to the RIAA and anyone in New York City willing to pay $40/hr.

Boba Frag:
Bruises on her arms and she was so terrorised that she lost bladder control???
74 years old?!?!

Who the FUCK interviewed her?

The Batman, by the sounds of things, and judging Christian Bale's temper.

OT; Huh...well, thats pretty sad. Poor woman must have had a heart attack when the G-Men swooped down.

Haelium:
She's forced to sell her dead husbands possessions to get treatment for her son.
"America, fuck yeah"

I was hoping you were going to suggest that she sell her pee :(

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