Tennessee woman sues NASA over possession of lunar dust

A woman from Tennessee in the United States is reportedly suing NASA to proclaim her ownership over the moon dust, which she has said was a gift to her by the American astronaut Neil Armstrong.  This federal lawsuit was filed by Laura Murray Cicco in Kansas on Wednesday in an attempt for establishing her ownership over the moon dust under the Declaratory Judgment Act of the United States Code.

The woman said that although the United States space agency has not till now attempted to profess the moon dust, she was actually taking steps to set up her ownership before any such situation arrives in the future. Attorney Chris McHugh said in a statement, “Laura was rightfully given this stuff by Neil Armstrong so it’s hers and we just want to establish that legally.”

According to the statements of Cicco, her father had earlier given her the lunar dust, which was actually gifted to him by the spaceman Neil Armstrong. The entire family of Cicco reportedly moved up to Cincinnati in the year 1969 and there her father, named Tom Murray became friends with Armstrong. At that time Armstrong used to teach at the Department of Aerospace Engineering of the State University. The gift of lunar dust was signed by Neil Armstrong with a message that read, “To Laura Ann Murray – Best of luck.” However, the U.S. space agency has long back stated that every moon particle is the property of the United States government.

The tests performed on the lunar dust reportedly have shown varying inferences. The “X-ray diffraction spectroscopy test” performed by the Bruker Corporation in Massachusetts discovered that the specimen resembled the moon dust. However, an “X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy” test found out that the specimen’s chemical composition was different from that of the actual moon dust.

Despite residing in Tennessee, Cicco filed her case in Kansas due to the only reason that a similar suit in the Kansas city of Wichita got the support of the federal magistrate in the year 2016. The federal magistrate took decisions favoring a man who had collected a bag of lunar dust that mistakenly was presented in a government auction. Attorney McHugh also supported the collector.

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