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June 20 At its in­au­gu­ral Space Ex­plo­ration sale, Sotheby’s New York is of­fer­ing the bag that was used to bring back to Earth the first sam­ple of ma­te­rial col­lected from the moon. It was only a year ago that the true his­tory of the bag was re­vealed, when the owner sent the item to NASA. Sci­en­tific tests showed the con­tents in the bag to be moon dust from the Apollo 11 land­ing site, while the part num­ber in­side matched that of the “Con­tin­gency Lu­nar Sam­ple Re­turn De­con­tam­i­na­tion Bag” in the Apollo 11 Stowage list. Held on the an­niver­sary of the Apollo 11 moon land­ing, the arte­fact is ex­pected to fetch US$2 mil­lion-$4 mil­lion, with a por­tion of pro­ceeds to go to char­i­ties.

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