Woman sues NASA for keeping Moondust, which was a gift by Neil Armstrong

Navya Beri
Last Updated: Jun 13 2018 16:16

A woman sued NASA to make sure that the United States 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.

On Tuesday, the Washington Post reported that Laura Cicco from Cincinnati 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.

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

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.

“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.

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

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