Sunday, July 5, 2020
Home Lead Story Woman Sues NASA Over Keeping Moon Dust Gifted to Her by Neil...

Woman Sues NASA Over Keeping Moon Dust Gifted to Her by Neil Armstrong

Woman sues NASA over piece of moon gifted by Armstrong

A woman has sued NASA to make sure that the US space agency doesn’t take back a piece of moon gifted to her by Neil Armstrong — the first person to walk on the lunar surface.

Laura Cicco from Cincinnati has filed a lawsuit in a federal court, stating that the vial of moon dust she has was a gift from Armstrong who was a friend of her father, The Washington Post reported on Tuesday.

Cicco’s father Tom Murray, who was a pilot with the US Army, spent a lot of time together with Armstrong.

Sometime in the 1970s, the US astronaut gave the vial of moon dust along with a handwritten note to Murray’s little girl when she was 10.

Cicco has now sued NASA because the space agency has “a history of seizing suspected lunar material from private citizens”, her attorney was quoted as saying.

Woman Sues NASA Over Keeping Moon Dust Gifted to Her by Neil Armstrong
Moon, Pixabay

“There’s no law prohibiting private citizens from owning materials from the moon and Cicco is the rightful and legal owner of the moon dust,” the report said, quoting the attorney.

The vial of dust that Cicco has, was analysed by scientists who said it was “likely” a sample of the lunar surface.

Cicco’s lawsuit cited another case where NASA seized lunar mementoes from an elderly California woman which was gifted to her by her late husband and an Apollo programme engineer.

Reacting to the lawsuit, a NASA spokesperson said it would be “inappropriate” for the space agency to comment.

Also Read: NASA’s Opportunity Rover is Battling a Massive Dust Storm on Mars

In July 1969, Armstrong and Apollo 11 Lunar Module pilot Buzz Aldrin performed the first manned moon landing and spent two-and-a-half hours outside the spacecraft while Michael Collins remained in lunar orbit in the command module.

When Armstrong stepped onto the lunar surface, he said: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” (IANS)

STAY CONNECTED

18,999FansLike
362FollowersFollow
1,779FollowersFollow

Most Popular

India Confident of Covid Vaccine, Trial Stage Marks ‘Beginning of the End’

As India races to bring a vaccine for Covid-19 by mid August, the government on Sunday said that it is entering the human trial...

Malaika Arora Shares Home Remedy to Boost Immunity

Dancing diva Malaika Arora has shared a "make in India" home remedy to boost immunity. Some people have started stepping out for work, but relaxed...

Independence Day Celebrations at Red Fort Might be Muted This Year

This year the Independence Day celebrations at Red Fort might not be as grand as in the previous years because of the Covid-19 pandemic...

Oats, Rye Brans Intake May Reduce Hepatic Inflammation, Weight Gain

Want to lose some weight? Read on. Researchers have found that the consumption of dietary fibre from oat and rye brans increased the growth...

Women-centric development will guide the Atmanirbhar Bharat: BJP Leader

Senior BJP leader and member of Parliament from Sirsa in Haryana, Sunita Duggal, said on Sunday that women-centric development will guide the Atmanirbhar Bharat...

Women Experiencing Hot Flushes, Night Sweats Likely to Get Heart Attacks

Women who suffer from hot flushes and night sweats after menopause are 70 per cent more likely to have a heart attack, angina or...

Film-TV Body Discusses Issue of Senior Actors’ Shoot With Maharashtra Governor

Cine And TV Artistes' Association (CINTAA) Senior Vice President, actor Manoj Joshi, held a meeting with Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Saturday to...

Former Police Officer Wishes Ayushmann, Rajkummar or Vicky to Play Him On Screen

Now that his book "The Barabanki Narcos: Busting Indias Most Notorious Drug Cartel" is set to be made into a web series, former police...

Recent Comments