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How much does a real moon rock cost?

How much does a real moon rock cost?

NASA assessed the value of the rocks at around $50,800 per gram in 1973 dollars, based on the total cost of retrieving the samples. That works to just a hair over $300,000 a gram in today’s currency.

Although NASA’s lunar missions returned more than 842 pounds of moon rock to Earth, it is illegal for private citizens to own any of it (lunar meteorites, however, are perfectly legal). Instead, lunar samples were used as goodwill gifts to 135 countries and each of the 50 states.

Can you buy a moon rock from NASA?

NASA is officially in the market for Moon rocks — and it’s willing to pay any company that’s capable of scooping them up. If satisfied, NASA pledges to purchase the samples for between $15,000 and $25,000. Eventually, NASA will retrieve the rock samples and bring them back to Earth.

Who Stole the Moon rocks?

Thad Roberts
Thad Roberts stole 101 grams of lunar rocks from a NASA facility while interning with the American space organisation in 2002 to ‘have sex on the Moon’. The Moon rocks collected by Apollo astronauts are among the most valuable substances locked up in NASA facility.

Where are the Moon rocks found on Earth?

Both rounds of samples have met scattered fates: some treasured and put on display, some lost, some tucked away in storage. They are the only moon rocks not legally the property of the U.S. government; the rest of the collection remains with NASA, based at a laboratory at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

How many Moon rocks are missing from the Moon?

Stolen and missing Moon rocks. Of the 270 Apollo 11 Moon rocks and the Apollo 17 Goodwill Moon Rocks that were given to the nations of the world by the Nixon Administration, approximately 180 are unaccounted for.

Are there any rocks on the Moon that you can touch?

Some Moon rocks from the Apollo missions are displayed in museums, and a few allow visitors to touch them. One of these, called the Touch Rock, is displayed in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. The idea of touchable Moon rocks at a museum was suggested by Apollo scientist Farouk El-Baz,…

Are there any pieces of the Moon on Earth?

The Apollo moon rocks aren’t the only pieces of the moon on Earth, but they are unique in having been collected by astronauts on the lunar surface. Three robotic missions conducted by the Soviet …