Neil Armstrong’s Sample of Moondust found After 40 Years

Sara Cunningham May 28, 2013 0

The man who took the first step saying “”This is one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” was Neil Armstrong. He was accompanied by his friend Buzz Aldrin in a spaceflight called Apollo 11. That happened in 1969 and many years from that moment, the moon dust was discovered on a storage space at a Laboratory in Lawrence Berkeley.

This is not the first time we had this kind of discovery. Back in March, some pieces from Apollo 11 were brought to the surface from Jeff Bezos, a CEO at Amazon.  Now, we have a different case. Karen Nelson was the luckiest person to find these examples of the moon dust. I’m saying examples because there are about 20 examples of moon dust which were collected by the first man on the moon.

Julie Chao, on Web of the Lab, said that all the moon rocks that were brought back to the Earth were taken to many laboratories all around the world. They have been used for numerous experiments. According to her, the remaining samples should have been returned to NASA and not to remain forgotten in storage.


On the perfectly sealed examples, there are labels which were all dated 24 July 1970. The woman who has found them didn’t give any details of how they make their way through all the experiments and ended up in the storage. A paper was found near them also and it was titled: “Study of Carbon compounds in Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 returned lunar samples”.

After the samples have been found, according to Nelson, she contacted NASA and they have asked her if the bottles can be returned. NASA representatives even gave her a permission to open up them if she wants to take a closer look at the samples. That’s very politely from NASA, after all.

I’ve seen the storage where these moon dust samples have been found and to be honest I think that there will be found even more things that are forgotten over the years. It’s huge space full with boxes and stuff.

To find something that is forgotten over the years and brought it up on the surface is a nice thing. But finding moon dust collected from Neil Armstrong and his fellow American Buzz Aldrin it’s the best thing that can happen! Especially if you are an employee for 17 years at a Laboratory, like Karen Nelson.

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