[meteorite-list] Moon Dust

From: Jeff Grossman <jngrossman_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Jun 2011 20:34:14 -0400
Message-ID: <4E067E86.30501_at_gmail.com>

What law are you talking about?

On 6/25/2011 7:55 PM, Michael Gilmer wrote:
> Hi Jeff and List,
> What strikes me here is that NASA has 842 pounds of lunar material and
> they are apparently bent out shape over a few milligrams of dust
> clinging to a piece of scotch tape. It's absolutely silly and it
> speaks of skewed priorities.
> It was mentioned to me in private email by a respected list member
> that the NASA samples in question were not addressed by the law until
> 1972. If that is true, then it seems to me that any sample removed
> legally prior to that date would be "grand-fathered in" as legal.
> A relevant example would be trinitite. Trinitite removed before the
> law specifically addressed it is legal. However, going to the site
> now and removing trinitite is illegal. Another example would be
> Canyon Diablo iron meteorites - those CD meteorites removed before the
> "prohibition" are legal. Those removed today are illegal because one
> must trespass to get them. The devil is in the details - how does one
> distinguish a legal Diablo meteorite from an illegal one? And how
> would one determine a legal piece of dusty tape from an illegal one?
> DUSTY TAPE! Instead, here are some suggestions for using our tax
> money - build homes for the homeless, feed the hungry, offer medical
> care to the sick, create jobs for the unemployed, fund the sciences,
> or any number of things that are more important than dusty tape.
> Best regards,
> MikeG
Received on Sat 25 Jun 2011 08:34:14 PM PDT

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