Anyone with $800,000 – $1,200,000 USD to spare who wants a piece of NASA history will definitely appreciate the chance to pick up lunar soil samples collected by Neil Armstrong during the Apollo 11 mission on July 21, 1969. These samples were removed by NASA from the Apollo 11 Contingency Sample Return Container (CSRC) Decontamination Bag and then hand numbered by scientists in marker on bottom 2-6. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
This sample was also intended to provide at the very least a small amount of lunar material for return to earth if it were necessary to terminate the surface portion of the mission early. It was supposed to be Armstrong’s first extra-vehicular activity (EVA) task after he descended the Lunar Module (LM) ladder to the surface and perform some initial preparation. At first, Armstrong was so focused on taking few pictures that he neglected to scoop up the contingency sample of lunar dust until reminded by Houston. Interested? Head to the “Space History Featuring the First Lunar Sample” event in New York by Bonhams on April 13, 2022 starting at 13:00 EDT.
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Everyone can envision the footage of Armstrong taking those first steps on the Moon. It was a pivotal moment in history when people all over the world rejoiced at one of the greatest achievements of humankind. Humans had landed on the Moon – and brought a small piece back to Earth with them,” said Adam Stackhouse, Bonhams Specialist of Fine Books and Manuscripts.