An auction house named RR Auction has informed that the bidding for the auction of Moon Dust has started. This auction of dust eaten by cockroaches is one of the rarest auctions of this house. The auction house says that the bidding for this auction will continue till June 23.
RR Auction Executive Vice President Bobby Livingston told Collect Space Publications told “Whenever we get to represent something from Apollo 11, it’s obviously thrilling, because it was the most important mission, but when you’ve got something like cockroaches that have been fed some lunar material, It just shows how diverse the Apollo program was.”
The report notes that in the lead up to the first mission to land humans on the moon, scientists weren’t entirely sure what the astronauts would encounter. Experts feared that after returning from the moon, it could happen that astronauts and any objects returned may have foreign germs or moon bugs, which would later become a threat to the entire Earth.
Due to this fear, all the things returned from Apollo 11 mission including astronauts were quarantined for 21 days. Apart from this, it was also investigated how the soil or dust of the moon would affect other insects of the earth apart from humans. For this, 10% of the 22 kg stone brought back from the mission was used for the test.
However, no one knew that this soil fed to insects would one day be auctioned. RR Auction expects the lot to sell for $400,000. Bidding started on Thursday with $10,000 and, as we mentioned, will go on till June 23.