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NASA will pay up to $25,000 for lunar soil

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Seti42

I don't see this becoming a moon-mining venture, lol. I mean, 25K for a sample that cost multi-millions to get...
This is more like throwing NASA a bone if you've already collected and returned to earth well over 500 grams of material for your own study.

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XenoFish

I guess I need to build a very big slingshot. Gotta get the moon gold next weekend.

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Wreck7

That comes out to about $50 a gram. They must be out of their minds.

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Jon the frog

They clearly don't pay enough... some of them are already on the market and sell way more !

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/moon-rocks-auction-sothebys-intl/index.html

Maybe they just wan't new sample and the ones gifted by astronaut of the Apollo program or other missions don't count ? Even moon dust got stolen at NASA and got probably on the black market for the highest bidder...

 

 

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Peter B

Out of interest, can anyone point to where it actually says that's the price NASA will pay?

I followed links from Bridenstine's tweet which eventually led to this government document and searched for "$25,000", but the references I found to that value always seemed to be related to something other than the price NASA would pay. As it's a 28 page long legal document perhaps someone might like to read it to confirm exactly what NASA is offering.

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jethrofloyd

My selfie when I was the last time on the Moon and collected soil! :P

260px-Irwin_Scoops_up_Soil_-_GPN-2000-00

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mdbuilder

$25,000? Hang on a second, I'll be right back...

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Bavarian Raven

I believe this is being done to set a legal precedent (aka mining materials in/from space)

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