Lunar rocks are a controlled substance


30 Responses to “Lunar rocks are a controlled substance”

  1. AliasUndercover says:

    If I go get one myself can I keep it?

  2. Bevatron Repairman says:

    I have a piece of the Zagami Meteorite – the largest Mars-originated meteorite – in my wedding band. It looks like dark concrete, but I get to wear a piece of Mars every day of my life.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Why is it illegal? What don’t they want us to know? Conspiracy!!!

  4. LyhjeHylje says:

    A law? And it only concerns those 842 pounds? Can anyone tell me why, because if they want to keep the rocks for themselves they could just stop giving them away.

  5. ivan256 says:

    Has anyone tried snorting or smoking or shooting this stuff? Perhaps it gives the ultimate high hence it being on the controlled substance list..

    Given the description of the particles as being rather jagged, you would probably be more likely to contract silicosis than get high…

  6. Takuan says:

    count on it. In a few generations time it will be a common disease among those that can’t afford good quality filtered air. Lousy rock rats.

  7. Mazoola says:

    Here’s a New Scientist video (and article) on how to tell if a rock is from the moon[…]

    That’s easy: Expose it to moonlight and see if it beeps.

  8. EH says:

    mazoola: funny, i was just watching that episode through my googolphonic stereo.

  9. TheMadLibrarian says:

    Well, whatever the provenance of the piece of ‘moon metal’, it looks like the auction was closed.

  10. Darren Garrison says:

    I don’t know if this has been boinged before or not:

  11. Bitgod says:

    On the moon nerds get their pants pulled down and they are spanked with moon rocks. Tell em Err sent ya.

  12. Brainspore says:

    “Moondust” sounds like the kind of controlled substance that you snort.

  13. knodi says:

    Darren @19, that was fascinating. But what the HELL was done to the article text? It’s like it was translated to a foreign language and back again. Half the words have been switched with synonyms of homophones. They stole a 1-tone innocuous? WTF?

    Here’s the original, IN ITS ORIGINAL LANGUAGE

    But still, thanks so much for bringing that to my attention!

  14. Phikus says:


    Please file this with the Department of Redundancy Dept.

  15. Rajio says:

    LOL @ “astronomical prices”!

  16. jaypee says:

    Brainspore kind of beat me too it.. Has anyone tried snorting or smoking or shooting this stuff? Perhaps it gives the ultimate high hence it being on the controlled substance list..

  17. Mark Frauenfelder says:

    Thanks, Darren.

  18. RedShirt77 says:

    How can the Govt both say it is illegal for private citizens to own it and also give it to private citizens like Cronkite? Do they have an Oscar like repurchase agreement with whomever they give it to?

  19. Anonymous says:

    “Astronomical prices” could read ‘lunatic prices.’

  20. moniker42 says:

    I was thinking about moon rocks as I awoke this morning at sunrise.

  21. Mark Frauenfelder says:

    Hello Darren — Thank you for these links.

    It seems like you didn’t read my entire post. I wrote, “One perfectly legal way to own a moon rock is by finding or buying a lunar meteorite.”

    Did you miss that?

  22. DWittSF says:

    Doesn’t OJ have a bunch of this stashed from Capricorn One?

  23. Anonymous says:

    If you read the letter, it is just metal that has been on the moon. It looks like a bit of scrap aluminum. If it was ever on the moon then it would have been part of some equipment.

  24. Anonymous says:

    A moon rock from NASA will be going on public display next year at the National Mining Museum in Leadville Colorado.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Walter Cronkite gave his moon rock to the Center for American History at The University of Texas at Austin in 2006 []. It really is quite lovely…

  26. Stefan Jones says:

    We should spread a rumor among Chinese apothecaries that moon dust makes older men capable of maintaining rock-hard boners.

    There would be a mining operation up there within a year, and it would take the pressure off of endangered species.

  27. TheMadLibrarian says:

    According to comments from the astronauts who landed on the moon, moon dust has a sort of ‘gunpowdery’ smell. It is also so fine it got into everything; by the end of the expedition, there was probably a fine layer over the entire LM.

    Just because the guy thought this was a chunk of metal from the moon doesn’t make it so. AFAIK, no lunar samples, either from meteorites or collected by astronauts, have free metal in them. OTOH, I have chips of meteorites that have been analyzed as coming from both the Moon and Mars (not at the same time :)), so you can buy them legally. The two links Darren provided are for legitimate dealers who sell meteoric material. Another link for articles about meteorites and dealers is:

  28. Darren Garrison says:

    Mark– what I was replying to your showing only 5 auctions on Ebay for lunars, when there are actually quite a bit more than five when you look for “lunar” or “moon” on the meteorites/tektites area of Ebay and not just plug in “moon rock.” Hence, my suggestion for better key words.

  29. eviladrian says:

    #13 posted by Anonymous, July 20, 2009 12:01 PM
    Why is it illegal? What don’t they want us to know? Conspiracy!!!

    Stephen Baxter knows the truth…

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