Woman sues NASA to keep Neil Armstrong's moon dust
A Cincinnati women is suing NASA so that she can legally keep the moon dust.

Tyler MacDonald | 4 hours ago

When she was 10 years old, Laura Ann Murray received a glass vial with moon dust, along with a handwritten note.

"To Laura Ann Murray Best of Luck Neil Armstrong Apollo 11," it read.

And although Murray, now Laura Cicco, didn't see the vial for decades, she recently found it while going through her parent's belongings following their deaths.

"I came running where my husband was and I said, 'This is the vial of moon dust. I have it,' " she said. "At that time, we didn't really know what to do with it."

In a unique move, Cicco sued NASA last week so that she can keep what she believes is"rightfully" hers. Although NASA hasn't asked for it yet, Cicco wants to get ahead of the agency, which has a history of confiscating lunar material from private citizens.

In a previous case involving Joann Davis, NASA suggested that possessing moon rocks is akin to possessing contraband or stolen government property. But Cicco hopes to fight this notion.

"If you look at the Davis case, what NASA is essentially saying is that lunar material in private hands is stolen property. And that's just not true," said Christopher McHugh, Cicco's attorney. "This is not stolen property. Laura shouldn't be afraid that NASA is going to come knocking on her door and barge in and try and take the vial."

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