NASA Sting Yields Alleged Moon Rock
Woman tried to sell it for $1.7M; tests on it to follow
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2011 6:11 PM CDT
A full moon appears behind the leaves of a lime tree.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – NASA does sting operations, too? Investigators from the space agency and local police confiscated a purported moon rock from a woman trying to sell it for a cool $1.7 million, reports the Los Angeles Times. NASA has not finished tests to determine whether it's legit. After a months-long operation, investigators met with the woman in a restaurant to make the exchange. They took her into custody and grabbed the rock instead. Because moon rocks are considered "national treasures," it's illegal to sell them.