Space collection of Neil Armstrong is up for auction

Gwen Vasquez
July 23, 2018

Admirers of the first man to walk on the moon will soon have the chance to own artifacts and mementos from Neil Armstrong's private collection.

But the astronaut didn't make the journey to the moon alone.

Correspondence, including a NASA document "Underscoring the planning behind the landmark event", will also be on sale.

Neil Armstrong died in OH in 2012 at the age of 82 and his family has turned to Heritage Auction of Dallas to sell items from the astronaut's estate.

Dallas-based Heritage Auctions will handle the auctions.

Among the more personal items to be auctioned are a Purdue University centennial flag from Armstrong's alma mater that traveled on Apollo 11 and his Boy Scout cap. NASA Flight Director Gene Kranz was on duty when Apollo 11's lunar module landed on the moon and still makes public appearances at the age of 84.

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The two brothers set out to preserve these irreplaceable items and started researching each object in order to identify, restore, and record its history.

Armstrong's son, Mark Armstrong, said: "There will be flown items, autographed items and items of historical significance". "He did save all the items, so he obviously felt they were worth saving".

It was a milestone moment in space exploration, when the American astronauts planted the USA flag on the moon's surface in 1969.

Other items that went to the moon with Armstrong include a USA flag, the largest size typically flown during Apollo missions; a United Nations flag; various state flags; and some Robbins Medallions.

Neil Armstrong dies in 2012 in his native OH. after his death, his sons faced the responsibility of conserving, preserving and securing irreplaceable items and honoring their father's legacy.

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