Neil Armstrong's private collection goes to auction

23 Julio, 2018, 00:24 | Author: Enrique Watson
  • Neil Armstrong landed on the moon 49 years ago on 20 July. Image PC Authority

Nearly 50 years ago, NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong made history by becoming the first man to walk on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission.

Other items include parts of the wing and propeller from the Wright Brothers Flyer, the plane used in the first-ever manned flight in 1903, which Armstrong took with him on the mission. Michaels Collins orbited the moon in the Apollo 11 Command Module while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon in the Lunar Module.

The personal collection of Armstrong, who died in his native OH in 2012, will be offered for sale in a series of auctions handled by Dallas-based Heritage Auctions, beginning November 1-2 and continuing in May and November 2019, The Associated Press reported.

Other items that the astronaut took with him to the moon include a U.S. flag, the largest size typically flown during Apollo missions, a United Nations flag, various state flags, and some Robbins Medallions.

Items owned by Neil Armstrong will be sold at a series of three auctions.

Armstrong died in 2012 and his two sons, left with a large collection of mementos after his death, felt the need to conserve, restore, and research them.

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"He was never about himself, so I would expect that he didn't give much thought about how he would be remembered", Rick added.

Dallas-based Heritage Auctions will handle the auctions.

As the United States inches closer to the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, NASA's effort to resume space exploration and settle on the uninhabited planet may actually become a reality, according to an Apollo 17 astronaut.

"NASA needs to get the infrastructure put together", he said, "but the private sector can be there as well".

Bids can be taken online, by phone or in person.

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