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Customs Forms for Moon Rocks

CmdrTaco posted more than 13 years ago | from the now-thats-pretty-funny dept.

Space 121

regen writes "I found a very interesting document while doing some research for work. This Customs Declaration has to be one of the strangest ever filled out. It is the declaration filled out by the crew of Apollo 11 for bringing Moon rocks into the United States. A news article by Independent News confirms that this document is real."

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Re:Apollo customs form (4)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#353239)

Does that cover fully armed ICBM's too if you launch them from one part of the US to another?

Also for asteroids? (5)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#353240)

object: express delivery for the Yucatan peninsula
date: 65,000,000 B.C.
contains: large amount of the iridium element
notes: package is very heavy, do not drop.

Re:Bureaucracy in Space (3)

Erbo (384) | more than 13 years ago | (#353241)

Hey, historic space expeditions may be one thing, but you gotta have the right government forms, too. :-)

Another interesting document which has been mentioned elsewhere: the text [thesmokinggun.com] of a speech which was prepared for President Nixon (by William Safire, no less) in case there was some sort of disaster that marooned Armstrong and Aldrin on the lunar surface, complete with additional instructions about the protocol to be followed. Though the speech was (thankfully) never needed, it remains an interesting footnote to what will probably be remembered as NASA's most successful series of missions.

Eric
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Re:What?!? (1)

gavinhall (33) | more than 13 years ago | (#353242)

Posted by targo:

convieniently don't say anything about the killer micro-organisms that they brought back. The guys, all their clothing and everything else were actually put in a pretty serious quarantine for weeks to check if they had brought back anything serious.

Re:Doesn't the US own it? NO! (2)

slew (2918) | more than 13 years ago | (#353243)

The Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, Including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies of 27 January 1967 effectively said that none of the signatory nations could claim the moon

Check out NASA's [nasa.gov] version of the story.

Re:typical slashdot replies: (2)

unitron (5733) | more than 13 years ago | (#353245)

Actually Slashdot is kind of out-of-date on this one. The Register had this story about a month ago and I'm pretty sure I saw it linked in a post here on Slashdot a day or two before that.

And this... (1)

xinit (6477) | more than 13 years ago | (#353246)

...from the same nation's gov't bureaucracy that can't figure out prior art in patents...

Surprised?

Re:2010 (1)

SEE (7681) | more than 13 years ago | (#353247)

Newbie.
Steven E. Ehrbar

Re:Some Question to think about. (1)

SEE (7681) | more than 13 years ago | (#353248)

Neither the Moon nor the ISS is part of Cuba, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, North Korea, or Yugoslavia, so it doesn't matter.

You are aware that the crypto rules were relaxed almost a year ago, right?

Steven E. Ehrbar

Re:Good thing it was an American mission... (1)

pivo (11957) | more than 13 years ago | (#353250)

Don't forget that there'd also be about 20 more forms to fill out.

Was it required? (1)

winterstorm (13189) | more than 13 years ago | (#353251)

Well all the amusing quips that /.ers are coming up with are just swell, but I'd like to seriously know if they were required to fill this form our, or did they do it as their own form of humor?

Re:And it's wrong, too (1)

ElrondHubbard (13672) | more than 13 years ago | (#353252)

Shit any good diamonds lately?

Anything to declare? (3)

ElrondHubbard (13672) | more than 13 years ago | (#353253)

July 24, 1969
Honolulu, Hawaii

Customs Agent: Citizenship?

Astronaut: American.

C: How long away?

A: About a week.

C: Anything to declare?

A: Nope.

C: Would you mind opening your bag, sir?

A: Uh, okay.

C: Would you mind explaining this, sir?

A: It's a rock.

C: No, sir. Would you mind explaining this white powder?

A: Huh?

C: What are you, playing dumb? What's this white powder?

A: It's just a dust sample. It goes with the rock.

C: It goes with the rock. What's that supposed to mean?

A: I don't understand.

C: Do you have a problem with your hearing, sir? I asked you to explain this white powder.

A: I picked that up while I was away.

C: Did you, now? And where might you be coming from?

A: The moon.

C: The moon.

A: That's right, the moon.

C: So this rock is from the moon, right?

A: That's right.

C: And this white powder --

A: It's moondust.

C: Oh, I see. It's MOONdust. Would you come with me, sir?

A: What, now?

C: Yes. Now.

A: But I have to report for debrief --

C: DOWN ON THE FLOOR! NOW!!

Bureaucracy in Space (1)

Carbonate (13973) | more than 13 years ago | (#353254)

It's nice to hear that even space can't escape american bureaucracy. I can just imagine the customs official "Anything to declare?".

Re:Apollo customs form (2)

sharkey (16670) | more than 13 years ago | (#353255)

The capsule and astronauts were soused with disinfectant foam, and subsequently put in quarantine for weeks.

They were soused, huh? I'm not surprised that they were confined, ANYONE drinking disinfectant foam probably needs to be locked up, and given a very thorough mental examination.

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Re:Good thing it was an American mission... (3)

sharkey (16670) | more than 13 years ago | (#353256)

Why? What would they do if they found one? Roll over and start screaming, "WE SURRENDER!"?

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Re:Was it required? Yes it was. (2)

scheme (19778) | more than 13 years ago | (#353259)

I believe the astronauts were placed in quarantine for a week or two afterward in order to make sure they didn't have any diseases.

It's obvious.... (2)

FroBugg (24957) | more than 13 years ago | (#353260)

It's obvious why. Collins stayed up during the mission while the other two went down. They just got so used to those positions, it carried over to form-signing.

Things that make you go... (1)

BamaPookie (25952) | more than 13 years ago | (#353261)

Wouldn't they have to fill out one of these forms every time their orbit took them over the united states?

Re:Answers an interesting question (1)

jmauro (32523) | more than 13 years ago | (#353262)

Merely entering a country from another country. The outbond trip you are expected to be recieved by customs of the entering country. It is not our fault the moom didn't do what it was supposed to.

Re:What?!? (1)

JohnDB (51703) | more than 13 years ago | (#353265)

Well, you never know... Don't forget about the Mir Space Fungus!

Answers an interesting question (2)

Enoch Root (57473) | more than 13 years ago | (#353266)

Hey, this is neat. I was pondering a related question two weeks ago. Namely, are customs for going from one country to another, or merely for entering a country? The idea was to ponder whether interplanetary travel would require customs as we know it. I guess the answer is, yes. Long, long before space tourism, humanity had forms to fill.

Now the question is, how long will it be before the first interplanetary cavity search?

Re:Customs in the space age. (1)

fizban (58094) | more than 13 years ago | (#353267)

What, you think anyone's going to want to come back to Earth after those achievements?

Journal Entry, 3/19/4265 - Today I touched the face of God. What a rush! But I'm psyched to finally be done with this mission so I can get home and see the new season of E.R. What a show! I hope they bring back the reincarnated Dr. Hathaway. Dude, she is so hot! I am not excited about cleaning the gutters, though. Hopefully, I can get the kids to take care of it so I can spend some more time trying to beat my previous timed-run in Doom 4000

Some cherished dogmas will be around forever...

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Small print (1)

MrEd (60684) | more than 13 years ago | (#353268)

Any conditions on board which may lead to the spread of disease?

"To be determined."

I'll be sure to try that line out next time I go south to buy cigarettes...

Re:Apollo customs form (2)

Pseudonym (62607) | more than 13 years ago | (#353269)

If it were serious, the correct flight number would be on the form.

The form said that they arrived in Honolulu on "Apollo 13". In fact they arrived by ship on the USS Hornet, so that millitary shipping number is what should be on the form. Since it isn't, this form can't be a serious document.

Michael Collins' Signature (2)

bugg (65930) | more than 13 years ago | (#353272)

Did anyone else notice that Michael Collins signed above his own printed name, when the other two signed below theirs?

You'd think you'd double-check on such a historic form, but..

That's awesome! (1)

Refried Beans (70083) | more than 13 years ago | (#353273)

I wonder how much the original document would go for on E-bay?

Re:Good thing it was an American mission... (2)

PhatKat (78180) | more than 13 years ago | (#353274)

You think they'd hesitate letting in a moon rock? I doubt it. That's green cheese man! Those frenchies LOVE their cheese, especially if it is of an unusual/disturbing color.

that's just weird. (2)

The Good Reverend (84440) | more than 13 years ago | (#353276)

Did they think they wouldn't be able to find the astronauts or NASA again if they didn't fill out customs paperwork? Do government agencies typically need to fill out such paperwork for other instances? Could they have been rejected and sent back to the moon? Who at the Hawaii airport decided that Cuban cigars, textiles from China, and moon rocks all fit into the same category?

It's just strange - will they do the same thing when people start going into space on their own? Will the Microsoft/Disney/Pepsico shuttle be required to declair if it has any fruit on board?

The Good Reverend
I'm different, just like everybody else. [michris.com]

Re:It had to be said.... (2)

nublord (88026) | more than 13 years ago | (#353277)

Imagine the noise they'll make when he's given a fully body cavity search....

hehe

Imagine the noise he'll make when he receives his fully body cavity search....

Re:2010 (1)

TheUnknown (90519) | more than 13 years ago | (#353278)

Hey, that's almost insulting since mine is under this weird limit. I'm kinda old timer on the ICQ :)

Re:Doesn't the US own it? (1)

Kreeblah (95092) | more than 13 years ago | (#353279)

AFAIK, that was never ratified/accepted by the U.N. (although I'm not entirely sure on that).

> Any threat or use of force or any other hostile act or threat of hostile act on the moon is prohibited. It is likewise prohibited to use the moon in order to commit any such act or to engage in any such threat in relation to the earth.

Hmmm. Glad they thought of everything.

BTW, the moon is owned by the Lunar Embassy [lunarembassy.com] .

Hey.. (1)

Tom7 (102298) | more than 13 years ago | (#353281)

This is how we keep out the Foot and Mouth disease, you know... =)

Russians gonna declare anything when Mir plummets? (2)

mikerbob (107717) | more than 13 years ago | (#353283)

1. Microbeskis 2. Space Viruskis 3. Hundreds of thousands of itty-bitty flying debriskis. 4. Thousands of pieces of deadly, smouldering projectileuskas

Re:Also for asteroids? (1)

boneshintai (112283) | more than 13 years ago | (#353284)

notes: package is very heavy, do not drop.

Which someone obviously did. Those customs officials, I tell ye...

(Boneshintai)


I don't claim to be right, I just claim to be thinking about it.

Bummer! (1)

Robber Baron (112304) | more than 13 years ago | (#353285)

So I guess that sort of negates my claim to the Andromeda Galaxy! Bummer!

Re:that's just weird. (1)

etceteral (113669) | more than 13 years ago | (#353286)

Do government agencies typically need to fill out such paperwork for other instances? Could they have been rejected and sent back to the moon?

Basically, yeah... the INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service -- ie Customs) has the authority to deport basically *anyone* and has police powers up to 500 miles inland from the US border. If you watch carefully any video of the President's arrival back into the country (as he disembarks off Air Force One or a helicopter) you'll see an official greeting him right at the door. From what I've been told, that's an INS official who has to Officially record and authorize his re-entry to the country.

No one's above the law, I guess =)

Re:never were on the moon (1)

FSK (123170) | more than 13 years ago | (#353287)

Good for you.

My belief is that you don't really exist but are part of a billion dollar conspiracy to get idiots to watch the Fox Network.

Re:Some Question to think about. (2)

susano_otter (123650) | more than 13 years ago | (#353288)

Dude, calm down. Isn't it much more likely that this reflects no policy, only random bureaucratic confusion? Chances are some relatively minor functionary brough up the customs question, nobody had any idea what the answer was, and some other functionary decided to have the form filled out just to cover their ass.

Besides, I'm sure the official U.S. position on "moon ownership" [discovery.com] is already sufficiently well documented [un.org] elsewhere.

Re:Apollo customs form (2)

susano_otter (123650) | more than 13 years ago | (#353289)

Trust me, if you're launching ICBMs from one part of the U.S. and targeting another part, you have much more important things to worry about than Customs declarations!

Re:I would have.... (1)

Isldeur (125133) | more than 13 years ago | (#353290)



Mod this one up! Guffah!

Passports? (5)

CBoy (129544) | more than 13 years ago | (#353291)

Are they required to show passports that they are American citizens? If they lost them/can't prove it, are they sent back to the moon ? :)

Re:What?!? (1)

farsighed (136671) | more than 13 years ago | (#353293)

Didn't Buzz Aldrin actually have a cold at some point? Or am I getting confuzzled with "apollo 13" again? Mmm, Tang. -- F.S.

Re:Apollo customs form (1)

egburr (141740) | more than 13 years ago | (#353294)

If you look a little closer, the paper said "Apollo 11". Apollo 13 is the one that didn't get to land.

Edward Burr

Of course it's real. some of us remember it. (2)

kfg (145172) | more than 13 years ago | (#353295)

And besides, you wouldn't want them to try to smuggle in any illegal aliens, would you?

KFG

Not the first time (1)

slashdoter (151641) | more than 13 years ago | (#353298)

I guy bought the London bridge and had it shipped piece by piece to the US. There is a story about him filling out the custom form on the plane ride back. One bridge.......


________

Good thing it was an American mission... (2)

Glowing Fish (155236) | more than 13 years ago | (#353299)

If it were French, the custom agents would have had to make sure there was no Swastikas inscribed on the rocks.

Re:Bureaucracy in Space (2)

Morbid Curiosity (156888) | more than 13 years ago | (#353300)

I can just imagine the customs official "Anything to declare?".

Why yes, yes I do: "That's one small step for man..."

The best line... (1)

ctaylor (160829) | more than 13 years ago | (#353301)

The best line on the form:

Any other condition on board which may lead to the spread of disease:

TO BE DETERMINED

I wonder if they ever have? :)

Re:Apollo customs form (4)

peccary (161168) | more than 13 years ago | (#353303)

I don't believe that it was entirely tongue-in-cheek. When I last studied the customs laws, in the context of exporting and importing cryptographic "munitions", I noted that there was an exception provided for both the export, and import, of rockets which are launched from within the US borders. IOW, if you launch a rocket from Florida into outer space and it re-enters in Albequerque, no import declaration need be filed.

Re:Passports? (3)

fm6 (162816) | more than 13 years ago | (#353304)

Before you can be deported, another country has to agree to accept you. I looked, and I looked, but there's no phone number for the lunar embassy!

__________________

Re:Passports? (1)

Dyolf Knip (165446) | more than 13 years ago | (#353305)

Nah. Just deport 'em to Canada.

Please, send me back to the moon. I'ts much more hospitable up there!

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Re:Was it required? (1)

SquadBoy (167263) | more than 13 years ago | (#353306)

I think you can rest assured that most likely everybody involved had their tounges firmly in their cheeks. I mean come on under illness TBD now that was funny.

typical slashdot replies: (1)

dstanfor (175527) | more than 13 years ago | (#353308)

* Slashdot is so out of date. This was made in 1969. Why isn't slashdot up with the times?
* So now do meteors have to fill out forms before they fall to earth?
* This is where Mulder and Scully need to start searching for alien technology! in Customs records.

Tax Deduction? (1)

Johnny Mnemonic (176043) | more than 13 years ago | (#353309)

So, did NASA take a casulty deduction on their 1040 when the Mars Observer blew up?

metal detectors, x-rays, and wands, oh my! (1)

ledbetter (179623) | more than 13 years ago | (#353311)

When they land, do they have to go through customs physically? Does anyone check their luggage? Do the DEA agents have dogs sniff the space suits to make sure they haven't smuggled back any moon crack? And does NASA pick up the duty charges?

2010 (4)

DeadVulcan (182139) | more than 13 years ago | (#353312)

I'm reminded of the movie, 2010, when the deteriorating political situation required the American astronauts to be "recalled" to Discovery. It's just so eerily believable...

How territorial we humans are.

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Yay, more profiling (1)

MrEnigma (194020) | more than 13 years ago | (#353314)

Just another way to profile people...
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Re:Yay, more profiling (1)

MrEnigma (194020) | more than 13 years ago | (#353315)

or things...
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Re:I don't get it (1)

OzPeter (195038) | more than 13 years ago | (#353316)

Which is of course why *we* don't have a lot of nasty diseases that are floating around the rest of the world

I love my island fortress (now if only I was actually living there ...)

Some Question to think about. (1)

Big Torque (196609) | more than 13 years ago | (#353317)

Is this because the Apollo astronauts come in on a ship after being pickup at sea? Would the same happen if the space shuttle landed future moon rocks or anything else on US soil. Would you need to fill out paper work on space junk? Is this a way of saying to the rest of the world that the US does not consider the moon to be part of the US? Dose any one have any insight on this.

What about duties? (2)

BluedemonX (198949) | more than 13 years ago | (#353318)

I think they maxed out their exemptions on this trip.

Judging the appraised value of moon rocks, the customs duty on said articles'd be enough to put the Armstrong family in hock to Uncle Sam for a few generations...

Re:Apollo customs form (1)

yakfacts (201409) | more than 13 years ago | (#353319)

It may have been a way to get the autographs of the crew for the customs folks...

Uhhh (1)

Random Utinni (208410) | more than 13 years ago | (#353320)

I'm amused by the bottom left of the image... where the form asks for any information regarding "Conditions on board which may lead to the spread of disease" and it's marked as "To be determined"...

Re:Some Question to think about. (2)

agentZ (210674) | more than 13 years ago | (#353321)

But it does raise the issue of using strong crypto when sending e-mail to Mars. (Obligatory link to older /. story on interplanetary networks currently missing).

Is it considered 'exporting' to take a strong crypto package to the Moon? To the International Space Station?

What?!? (1)

graveyhead (210996) | more than 13 years ago | (#353323)

In the "Any other condition on board which may lead to the spread of disease" field, they put TBD!!! They convieniently don't say anything about the killer micro-organisms that they brought back. Oh wait that was a Michael Crichton story.

never were on the moon (1)

Crypto101 (213481) | more than 13 years ago | (#353324)

my belief is that the us never made it to the moon. it was a billion dollar conspiracy created to create an illusion that would leave everyone believing that the us goverment has much more powerful technology then the former soviet union. unbelievable? well believe it!

It had to be said.... (5)

Rudeboy777 (214749) | more than 13 years ago | (#353325)

That sound you hear is thousnads of Scientologists gasping at the thought of Xenu getting held up at the border upon his triumphant return.

Declaration of Value? (1)

Jonathan Byron (215397) | more than 13 years ago | (#353326)

What was the market value of the first moon rocks?

Re:Beat TSG!! But not the Reg (1)

Hieronymus Howard (215725) | more than 13 years ago | (#353327)

Except that 'The Register' ran this story several weeks ago.

I would have (2)

torinth (216077) | more than 13 years ago | (#353328)

checked them too. I mean come on, there travelling with a guy who's middle name is Buzz. Moon dust........ sure it's moon dust.

Re:Russians gonna declare anything when Mir plumme (2)

Verteiron (224042) | more than 13 years ago | (#353329)

And don't be forgettink evil space fungus...

I don't get it (1)

Daath (225404) | more than 13 years ago | (#353330)

Why is that so strange, I can see that it's pretty unusual, it coming from the moon and all. But I really don't see anything strange in it. I mean, you can't even bring s piece of sausage from europe into Australia... Why aren't we posting about that? Ok, this one I guess I asked for...

I would have.... (5)

canning (228134) | more than 13 years ago | (#353331)

checked them too. I mean come on, there travelling with a guy who's middle name is Buzz. Moon dust........ sure it's moon dust.

Re:It's obvious.... (1)

dmatos (232892) | more than 13 years ago | (#353333)

Well, I guess I'll just have to make the obvious joke about who goes down, while the other stays up...

10 Excuses for bringing Moon Rock thru customs (5)

Seinfeld (243496) | more than 13 years ago | (#353334)

10. Hey, some guy on the moon paid me 50 bucks to bring this back 9. This isn't my suitcase! 8. I brought this moon rock with me on the trip out 7. You can have half if you let me go 6. No, no, this is a piece of the Berlin Wall 5. Hey, aren't you going to check Armstrong? 4. Lunar customs didn't have a problem with it! 3. This is a paperweight - didn't you see the pictures of all that stuff flying around the capsule? 2. What's the tax on a rock anyway? 1. This is just moon cheese - take a bite!
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neat (1)

ConsumedByTV (243497) | more than 13 years ago | (#353335)

I think its nice to know that in america they care so much about public health that they had them fill out a form to make sure it was safe!


Fight censors!

Jesus Christ! Don't they ever read other sites? (1)

AssByte (244004) | more than 13 years ago | (#353336)

This was posted on The Register (www.theregister.co.uk), like, 2 or 3 weeks ago. Lamedot. It's getting easier and easier to skip this site on the list of things to read each day...

Hey-- that's someone's job (1)

delorean (245987) | more than 13 years ago | (#353337)

And by-gollies, they were going to make sure they did it!

Dont' give 'em too hard a time. They had a job to do and they got it done. Refreshing, if you've ever had to work with Gov't agencies and wait and wait and wait for something to get done.

The DMV should take lessons!!!!!! :-)

drive stainless. It doesn't get you around the DMV, a DMC just makes the DMV worthwhile! [usadmc.com]

Doesn't the US own it? (1)

MikeLRoy (246462) | more than 13 years ago | (#353338)

Couldn't you argue that the US owns the moon?
I mean, they were the only ones to land there, and place a flag there (which is whats traditionally done when claiming newly explored land).
I don't think this should be the case (i wonder if i could own my own planetoid if i moved there...). Anyways, if it was US land, then why did they have to fill out a customs form when returning from the fifty-first state?


-MR

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Moon (2)

Mark4ST (249650) | more than 13 years ago | (#353339)

A news article by Independent News confirms that this document is real.
Here [moonmovie.com] is another real bunch of documentaion on that particular mission. I also have heard theories that Buzz Aldrin was the second gunman on the grassy knoll.

And it's wrong, too (1)

localroger (258128) | more than 13 years ago | (#353340)

"Moon" is no more the place name of Earth's Moon than "Continent" is the place name of Australia. The specific Moon which Armstrong et al visited has a specific place name: Luna. That is what should have been written on the form.

Re:And it's wrong, too (2)

localroger (258128) | more than 13 years ago | (#353341)

How do you know that's the official name?

Boy, this has to take some kind of award for existentialist flame-bait. I know Luna is the name of the Earth's only natural satellite the same way I know Mars is the name of the next planet out, Charon is the name of Pluto's only moon, and Sol is the place-name of the particular somewhat dim and average star that happens to be at the center of this particular solar system. That's what it's called.

Have you ever heard anyone look up at the sky and say "Hey, there's Moon?" Of course not, because "moon" isn't a name, even when it's capitalized. It's a description. Yeah, we use it, just like we use the contraction "America" to refer to what is really the United States of America, not the American continent.

True, in normal talk we know which particular moon the Moon is, but this was a customs declaration form. Think like a bureaucrat, man! You're supposed to get details like this right or there isn't any point.

Re:Was it required? (1)

TGK (262438) | more than 13 years ago | (#353343)

I think you can rest assured that most likely everybody involved had their tounges firmly in their cheeks. I mean come on under illness TBD now that was funny.

Not really....
Three Words: Van Allan Belts (sp?)

This has been another useless post from....

Re:typical slashdot replies: (2)

geomcbay (263540) | more than 13 years ago | (#353344)

But wait there's more:

Where do I get a beowulf cluster of moon rocks?

Man on the moon, naked and petrified!

Hot moon rocks down my pants

All your moon rocks are belong to us!!

Moon rocks suck, just like Open Source software.

Moon rocks suck, just like Microsoft.

Wait, I have a patent on moon rocks, they better pay up!

The Moon Rock Association of America is trying to limit our fair use of Moon Rocks!

Peer to peer is a much better model for distributing moon dust.

it's just too funny (1)

cheesebot (265313) | more than 13 years ago | (#353345)

the best part, of course, is where the form says "Departure from ____" and i can just picture the official typing in "Moon"

Of course they had to declare things! (1)

paranormalized (278300) | more than 13 years ago | (#353346)

As everyone knows, the real reason we went to the moon is for the cheese [aardman.com] . Foodstuffs, like aforementioned 'rocks', are always declared!

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Re:Doesn't the US own it? (2)

macsuibhne (307779) | more than 13 years ago | (#353348)

Article II of the Outer Space Treaty of 1967 expressly forbids property clains to outer space, including the moon. In any case, the russians were first to get a flag there -- they crashed several of the Luna probes onto the moon, first in '59 and later in '65. At least one of these was filled with lots of little Soviet flags which were intended to spill out on impact. The Soviets also made several soft landings, and were first to land a lunar rover. The Luna Mission Profile [nauts.com] is available online.

Tony.

Apollo customs form (4)

macsuibhne (307779) | more than 13 years ago | (#353349)

If you live in the Bay Area, a contemporary copy of the customs declaration (probably required in triplicate) can be seen on USS Hornet, the aircraft carrier (now a floating museum in Alameda) that hauled many of the Apollo capsules out of the Pacific and took them to Hawaii. It was clearly done as a tongue in cheek thing by US Customs, and possibly to cop a little reflected glamour from the moon shot. Incidentally, there was a very real concern about the astronauts bringing "moon bugs" back with them. The capsule and astronauts were soused with disinfectant foam, and subsequently put in quarantine for weeks.

War on drugs. (1)

Iscon in Siiscon (318648) | more than 13 years ago | (#353350)

Customs had to be sure that they were not humongous crack rocks.

Beat TSG!! (1)

Lt Wuff (319298) | more than 13 years ago | (#353352)

Looks like Slashdot beat the thesmokinggun.com [thesmokinggun.com] to the scoop!

Re:War on drugs. (1)

ClassExport (323284) | more than 13 years ago | (#353353)

I'd like to see how far you'd get these days trying to import "moon dust". :)

What did it cost the government to bring it back? $100,000 a gram? Must be some good stuff!

-Scott

All Your Space Are Belong To Us (2)

LX.onesizebigger (323649) | more than 13 years ago | (#353354)

Last time I told the customs I was bringing 'rocks' they weren't happy with me at all...

That's funny (1)

TrollFeeder (396384) | more than 13 years ago | (#353355)

Any other condition on board which may lead to the spread of disease:

"To be determined"

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Re:It's obvious.... (1)

TrollFeeder (396384) | more than 13 years ago | (#353356)

I'm sure that's all it carried over to.

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Re:2010 (1)

TrollFeeder (396384) | more than 13 years ago | (#353357)

goog thing the ship was operable, eh

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Re:typical slashdot replies: (2)

TrollFeeder (396384) | more than 13 years ago | (#353358)

The real irony here is that "these will be the typical slashdot replies" posts is now one of the major categories in same. It was fun the first three times somebody wrote such a post.

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Re:Apollo customs form (2)

TrollFeeder (396384) | more than 13 years ago | (#353359)

But fire a missile into the U.S. and I bet they'd just keep you buried in paperwork.

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