Space & Astronomy
Watch worn on the moon has sold for $1.6M
By T.K. Randall
October 25, 2015 · 9 comments
Commander David Scott during the Apollo 15 moon landing. Image Credit: NASA / James B. Irwin
A unique watch worn by astronaut David Scott during the Apollo 15 moon mission has been sold at auction.
With its scratched face and wristband still covered in traces of chalky-white lunar dust, the historic timepiece has this week become the most expensive item of astronaut memorabilia in history after the winning bidder paid a whopping $1.6 million for it during the auction on Thursday night.
"We are extremely pleased with the results and honored to have been able to offer such an historically important timepiece," said RR Auction's executive vice president Bobby Livingston.
Scott had worn the watch on the moon as a replacement when the NASA-issued Omega Speedmaster timepiece he had been using broke following his first two moonwalks.
"Among the decisions I made, the monitoring of time was perhaps most important," he said.
Below is a video of what is perhaps Scott's best known lunar experiment - dropping a feather and a hammer together to prove that they fall at the same rate in the absence of any air resistance.
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