Neil Armstrong Had A Secret Stash Of Moon Souvenirs
Note: Larger version HERE in case you want to smell the moon dust.
These are the items found by Neil Armstrong’s wife in a white bag in his closet after his death. They might look like junk, but they’re actually a bunch of items yanked from the Eagle, Apollo 11’s Lunar Module. They really do look like junk though. Moon contraband!
After Neil Armstrong’s death, his widow, Carol, discovered a white cloth bag in a closet, containing what were obviously either flight or space related artifacts. She contacted Allan Needell, curator of the Apollo collection at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, and provided photographs of the items. Needell, who immediately realized that the bag–known to the astronauts as the Purse – and its contents could be hardware from the Apollo 11 mission, asked the authors for support in identifying and documenting the flight history and purpose of these artifacts. After some research it became apparent that the purse and its contents were lunar surface equipment carried in the Lunar Module Eagle during the epic journey of Apollo 11.
These artifacts are among the very few Apollo 11 flown items brought back from Tranquility Base and, thus, are of priceless historical value. Of utmost importance is the 16mm movie camera with its 10mm lens. The camera was mounted behind the right forward window of the lunar module and was used to film the final phase of the descent to the lunar surface, the landing, as well as Neil Armstrong’s and Buzz Aldrin’s activities on the lunar surface including taking the first samples of lunar soil and planting the US flag. Thanks to the Neil Armstrong family, the Apollo 11 purse and its contents are now on loan at the National Air and Space Museum for preservation, research and eventual public display.
Heck yeah Neil pilfered some pieces from the lunar landing module! I would have done the same thing. SOUVENIRS. As a matter of fact, I DO do the same thing whenever I take a trip somewhere. See this doodad? It’s the window roller from the last taxi I took home from the bar.
Head over to Sploid for a detailed look at each piece and historic photos of the items aboard the Lunar Module.
Thanks to Dave R, who tried to sell me a piece of the Titanic.