Do You Have Moon Dust in Your Portfolio?

Image (Credit): Moon dust on auction. (Bonhams)

With the drop in the stock market and fall of cryptocurrency, maybe it is time to expand the portfolio into some new areas. You can always consider moon dust, a small sample of which sold last month for about $500,000 when auctioned at Bonhams. The sample in question was from the Apollo 11 lunar mission

The auction house had this to say about the sample:

5 Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) aluminum sample stubs, each topped with approximately 10 mm diameter carbon tape containing Apollo Moon dust, 4 of which with particles collected by Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the Moon, as part of the Apollo 11 contingency sample, July 21, 1969 and later removed by NASA from the Apollo 11 Contingency Sample Return Container (CSRC) Decontamination Bag; stubs hand numbered by NASA scientists in marker on bottom 2 through 6.

A “contingency sample” is basically an initial sample in case something happens during the mission that prevents the the full collection of material. But what is interesting here is that the contingency sample bag still contained some lunar dust when it was lost, and then it was caught up in a court case, and then sold at auction, and then inspected by NASA, who inappropriately removed the moon dust, which was eventually returned. The drama and incompetence of the US government in this case is almost worth the price of the dust. Hence, this is a unique substance in many ways, and it does make cryptocurrency sound pretty boring.

Just do not expect to see many lunar dust sales in the future. NASA is very protective of such material when it is not misplacing it.