The sale of moon dust and cockroaches gathered during the 1969 Apollo 11 mission is halted by NASA.

NASA has asked Boston-based RR Auction to suspend the sale of moon dust collected during the 1969 Apollo 11 mission . The moon dust collected during the 1969 Apollo 11 mission was then fed to cockroaches during an experiment to see if the lunar rock contained any kind of pathogen that was a threat to terrestrial life .

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has asked Boston-based RR Auction to suspend the selling of moon dust collected during the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, which was then fed to cockroaches during an experiment to see if the lunar rock contained any kind of pathogen that was a threat to terrestrial life, according to a NASA lawyer.The samples, including a vial of about 40 milligrams of moon dust and three cockroach carcasses, were expected to 3 crore), but the auction block has been withdrawn, according to RR.All Apollo samples, as outlined in this collection of materials, belong to NASA, and no individual, college, or other entity has ever been permitted to keep them after analysis, destruction, or other use for any purpose other than for sale or individual display, according to NASA's letter dated June 15.To see if it would kill them, some were fed to insects, fish, and other small creatures.The cockroaches that were fed moon dust were taken to the University of Minnesota, where entomologist Marion Brooks dissected and examined them.I found no evidence of infectious agents, Brooks, who died in 2007, told the Minneapolis Tribune in October 1969.

They were sold by her daughter in 2010 and are now up for auction by a consignor who RR did not disclose.Indiatimes News: