CHICAGO -- A priceless piece of national history is now in the possession of a space enthusiast, reports CBS Chicago.
The astronauts collected moon rocks to be studied for years to come. Upon touchdown, Armstrong used one little bag to quickly put samples in a bag.
That bag and its contents are now owned by an Chicago area woman named Nancy Lee Carlson.
“I guess you could call her a little bit of a space geek, maybe a hobbyist. She has an interest in these types of things and she saw this and it interested her,” Carlson attorney Christopher M. McHugh says.
His client saw the bag on a U.S. Marshal’s auction page last year and had the winning bid of $995.
She sent it to NASA to confirm it was real, but NASA claimed it was their property and wouldn’t send it back.
Carlson filed a lawsuit, and last week a Houston judge ruled the bag belonged to her.
She is now the owner of a real Apollo 11 space bag covered in moon dust particles.
The bag is now in possession of a security company, until Carlson figures out the next step.
For now, it’s mission accomplished.