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## article about a moon dust auction

NASA astronauts brought 842 pounds (382 kilograms) of lunar material home to Earth between 1969 and 1972, souvenirs from their Apollo moonwalking jaunts. A court has valued this stuff at \$1,760 per ounce (\$50,800 per gram), based on how much those NASA missions cost.
Obviously there was a really bad unit conversion calculation. I'm not sure how they came up with \$50,800/gram since \$1,760/oz = \$62.10/gram. I thought that maybe they meant kilogram instead, but i come up with \$62,075/kg which is close but not correct. Even a conversion from troy ounces to kilograms results in \$56,584. One final possibility is that the material is valued at \$1,760/gram, but that would result in \$49,878/ounce.

That conversion issue notwithstanding (which will surely be corrected quickly), I thought it was a well written article.

2. I found this

NASA astronauts brought 842 pounds (382 kilograms) of lunar material home to Earth between 1969 and 1972, souvenirs from their Apollo moonwalking jaunts. A court has valued this stuff at \$1.44 million per ounce (\$50,800 per gram), based on how much those NASA missions cost.
http://www.space.com/12068-moon-dust...apollo-11.html

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