She claims it was gift from Apollo veteran Neil Armstrong.
An excerpt from The Register: A woman has sued NASA, claiming to be the rightful owner of a small vial of moon dust supposedly given to her by Neil Armstrong.
The lawsuit was filed under the US District Court of Kansas last week by Laura Murray Cicco. She claims that when she was ten, her mother handed her a glass vial with a rubber stopper containing light grey dust along with one of her father’s business cards.
On the back of the card, there is a message that reads: “To Laura Ann Murray – Best of Luck – Neil Armstrong Apollo 11.” Cicco said her mother assured her that the vial was a sample taken from Armstrong - who was the first person to set foot on the Moon - when he ventured onto the satellite during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969. An expert has, apparently, scrutinized the note and believes Armstrong’s signature is real.
“Astronaut Neil Armstrong gifted the vial of lunar dust at issue to Laura Ann Murray, now Laura Murray Cicco, when she was a child, and she is the rightful and legal owner of the vial and its contents. Therefore, she requests judgment declaring her the rightful and legal owner of the vial and its contents, and vesting title in her name,” according to the court documents.
Cicco said her father, Tom Murray, was friends with Armstrong and both men had served in the US military. Murray was as a pilot during World War II, where he trained pilots for the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, while Armstrong was a naval aviator in the Korean War aboard the aircraft carrier USS Essex before he was an astronaut.
After leaving NASA, Armstrong became a professor at the department of aerospace engineering at the University of Cincinnati, where the Murray family moved to live near in 1970.