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Neil Armstrong's collection to go up for auction

By T.K. Randall
July 21, 2018 · Comment icon 3 comments



Armstrong had quite the collection of Apollo-related items. Image Credit: NASA
A number of personal mementos Armstrong took with him to the Moon are set to go up for sale at auction.
When the Saturn V rocket carrying Apollo 11 and its crew first took off from the Kennedy Space Center on July 16th, 1969, the whole world watched with bated breath as three men took to the heavens on the most daring mission ever undertaken.

A mere four days later, Neil Armstrong emerged from the lunar lander, descended the ladder on the outside of the spacecraft and left the first ever footprints in the lunar soil as he uttered the immortal words "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

Now, almost half a century later, it has been revealed that some of Armstrong's personal belongings - including items that he brought back from the Moon with him - are to be sold at auction in Dallas.
The items include a US flag, a collection of gold and silver medallions and a wing and propeller from the 1903 Wright Brothers Flyer - the first successful heavier-than-air powered aircraft.

His son, Mark Armstrong, stated that his father never mentioned what he wanted doing with the items.

"I don't think he spent much time thinking about it," he said. "He did save all the items, so he obviously felt they were worth saving."

The first set of items are due to be auctioned off in November.

Source: Phys.org | Comments (3)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Stiff 4 years ago
I'd love the boots that he first set foot on the moon with. Now that would be a real treasure to own.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Grandpa Greenman 4 years ago
Oh Wow, that's got to be the pinnacle of space collectibles. 
Comment icon #3 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 4 years ago
Well the spacesuit is in the Smithsonian, but not the overshoes that actually touched the moon.In order to reduce weight so as to maximise the amount of samples that could be returned from the Moon the astronauts jettisoned anything they no longer needed, and that include their overshoes (and their PLSS back packs that you see in the photos). They are still there on the Moon.* * Except Alan Bean's overshoes. He brought them back and used to use one to produce an imprint in his paintings.


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