[meteorite-list] Moon Dust

From: MexicoDoug <mexicodoug_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Jun 2011 12:01:39 -0400
Message-ID: <8CE023178051A58-1044-26206_at_webmail-m163.sysops.aol.com>

...and, Hi Mike too, nice to hear from you - not exactly back, just
blowing a bit of steam from my pressure cooker and showing my e-face;

$50 on eBay will get you an authentic Buran brick (just search for tile
buran), like this:


Very cool - Well worth it if you like space nostalgia

Best wishes

-----Original Message-----
From: John.L.Cabassi <John at Cabassi.net>
To: 'Michael Gilmer' <meteoritemike at gmail.com>; 'MexicoDoug'
<mexicodoug at aim.com>
Cc: Meteorite-list at meteoritecentral.com
Sent: Sun, Jun 26, 2011 11:26 am
Subject: RE: [meteorite-list] Moon Dust


-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:meteorite-list-bounces at meteoritecentral.com] On Behalf Of
Michael Gilmer
Sent: Sunday, June 26, 2011 8:20 AM
To: MexicoDoug
Cc: Meteorite-list at meteoritecentral.com
Subject: Re: [meteorite-list] Moon Dust

Hi Doug and List,

Doug - it is great to see you posting again. I have missed your
insights. :)

They are selling heat tiles from the shuttles at KSC? I didn't know
that, and I want one!

I've been meaning to acquire some more space-related items - aerogel,
heat shield tiles, etc.

Do they have a website where I can order the tiles, or do I need to
visit the gift shop in person?

Best regards,


PS - is there somewhere online to buy the Russian tiles also?

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On 6/25/11, MexicoDoug <mexicodoug at aim.com> wrote:
> JG wrote to MG:
> "What law are you talking about?"
> Ditto! A fact-supported discussion would be so much nicer.
> It is my understanding that when Apollo lost its funding, oodles of
> relics entered the private domain and there wasn't much ado about it -
> rather, a tacit acceptance and a party atmosphere pervaded in the wake
> of Moonphoria and non had any scientific value at the time. Where are
> the retroactive vigorous sting operations hunting down these national
> treasures? I am sure the same "laws", whatever they might be, cover
> them.
> Post-facto contrived rules are a violation which seems to date to the
> Magna Carta and any remotely civilized society. All material loaned or
> provided in exchange for analyses to be done which is covered by
> modern agreements (as Jeff alludes to) has a clear paper trail, but
> there are the nonsensical cases like tape on the Hasselblad magazines
> demonstrate how ludicrous things can become for reasons foreign to
> science and domestic to collectors willingness to pay. I take my place
> behind the line of those who have already pointed this out.
> Moon specimens that were incidental and innocuous gifts of
> questionable or no value at the time seem to have taken a special
> place. But, there are other exceptions as well. As I peruse the aisles
> of the gift shop at KSC I am tempted to buy a Space Shuttle heat tile.
> Yet NASA has allegedly gone on record saying that it will not dispose
> of them by sale to the public (reason: we could be liable for
> unintended harm they might cause). Rumor has it that the Soviet Buran
> tiles are more interesting to collect and Russia has no such hang ups
> over them, so I'll hold out for one of them. If I had an American one
> it would not be satisfying in present company. I couldn't freely share
> it with my international friends without risking being thrown in jail
> for providing sensitive military secrets to other nations... at least
> that is the rumor on how it was for a long time ...
> There is a clear demonstration of double standard and a willingness to
> invent retroactive laws, which should be prohibited constitutionally,
> but the American system separates the judicial and that makes
> legislation from the bench a convenient option in cases like this. How
> frustrating for Mr. Rosen, the guy who bought the gifted moon rock
> from a Honduran official for a large sum of money. The government
> simply snatched it from him and it was not because the Hondurans filed
> a claim. If he had been compensated for his recovery of the specimen
> it would be different in my view. But the way it went down, there is
> reason to be wary of the court's freeloading and arbitrary mindset in
> these cases. It is quite removed from science and boils down to
> politics and setting cruel and unusual precedents at the expense of
> citizens for prior shoddy control practices. Mr. Rosen, the owner at
> the time of the Moon rock was never charged with any criminal activity
> - they just took the rock plaque and left him to brood. If they could
> have charged him I sort of think they would have given the zest to
> make examples out of people. But they got what they wanted - a
> precedent of no-ownership when before there was none to my knowledge.
> I would point out that this nonsensical legal gymnastic that seems to
> have developed ought to be applied to each and every scientist in the
> United States that is on any payroll or grant for a project who
> supposedly buys specimens in his free time. How different is such
> piggybacking from the microgram residues on a piece of tape out of a
> camera? How did Dr. King amass that huge personal collection on many
> field trips to places such as, aw, forget it. Not worth going into, it
> would be more counterproductive than good to go there.
> Best wishes
> Doug
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jeff Grossman <jngrossman at gmail.com>
> To: meteorite-list at meteoritecentral.com
> Sent: Sat, Jun 25, 2011 8:34 pm
> Subject: Re: [meteorite-list] Moon Dust
> 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
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