Dr Ian Elliott worked at the Dunsink Observatory in Dublin when it was destroyed by fire on 3 October 1977.
I heard about the fire on the morning news. I can tell you, that was a bit of a shock.
My main concern was with the disruption to the work of the observatory. It was only afterwards that we realised that the bit of Apollo 11 Moon rock could not be found.
It was gathered up with all of the other debris and dumped in the municipal dump which was conveniently just across the road.
It is probably the only municipal dump in the world that has got a bit of Moon rock.
If we'd had any perception of the rock's value, perhaps all of the debris would have been sifted by archaeologists and it might have been found.
I am amazed that anyone puts a value of $5m on it, though there are a lot of mad people with money around so they might just pay that.
It is a very big dump, I am afraid. It is worse than a needle in a haystack - you would never find it.
Considering that specimen mining projects usually involve an enormous amount of effort, and only rarely result in the recovery of $5 m worth of specimens, a mining project in the Finglas dump might be worth the trouble.
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