NASA Sued by Girl Over Lunar Mud Gifted by Neil Armstrong
A lady has sued NASA to guarantee that the US house company does not take again a bit of moon gifted to her by Neil Armstrong – the primary individual to stroll on the lunar floor.
Laura Cicco from Cincinnati has filed a lawsuit in a federal courtroom, stating that the vial of moon mud she has was a present from Armstrong who was a buddy of her father, The Washington Publish reported on Tuesday.
Cicco’s father Tom Murray, who was a pilot with the US Military, spent a whole lot of time along with Armstrong.
Someday within the 1970s, the US astronaut gave the vial of moon mud together with a handwritten notice to Murray’s little lady when she was 10.
Cicco has now sued NASA as a result of the house company has “a historical past of seizing suspected lunar materials from non-public residents”, her lawyer was quoted as saying.
“There is no regulation prohibiting non-public residents from proudly owning supplies from the moon and Cicco is the rightful and authorized proprietor of the moon mud,” the report mentioned, quoting the lawyer.
The vial of mud that Cicco has, was analysed by scientists who mentioned it was “seemingly” a pattern of the lunar floor.
Cicco’s lawsuit cited one other case the place NASA seized lunar mementoes from an aged California lady which was gifted to her by her late husband and an Apollo programme engineer.
Reacting to the lawsuit, a NASA spokesperson mentioned it might be “inappropriate” for the house company to remark.
In July 1969, Armstrong and Apollo 11 Lunar Module pilot Buzz Aldrin carried out the primary manned moon touchdown and spent two-and-a-half hours exterior the spacecraft whereas Michael Collins remained in lunar orbit within the command module.
When Armstrong stepped onto the lunar floor, he mentioned: “That is one small step for man, one big leap for mankind.”