In 1969, American astronauts Neil Armstrongand Buzz Aldrin successfully landed on the lunar surface. Neil Armstrong made the first step on the earth's satellite - a colleague joined him 15 minutes later. They walked on the lunar surface for two whole hours and collected samples of lunar soil, while Command Module Pilot Michael Collins remained in orbit around the Moon and awaited their return. More than fifty years have passed since this event, and of the entire crew of the Apollo 11 mission, only Buzz Aldrin survived. At the moment, he is 92 years old and recently reminded of himself by putting his personal items up for auction. Among the items on display are his personal jacket, which he was wearing at the time of the landing on the moon, a felt-tip pen that saved the crew from death, and several other items.
most expensive space flight suit
Personal belongings of one of the most famous astronautsin the world were put up for auction by Sotheby's. The highlight of the collection is the space suit worn by astronaut Buzz Aldrin during the Apollo 11 mission.
According to representatives of the auction house, thisan item of clothing can be sold for $2 million. Its high cost is due not only to historical significance, the manufacture of refractory material and the presence of a patch with the name of an astronaut and the NASA logo. The costume is also valuable in that it is the only one that may end up in a private collection. The costumes of the other members of the Apollo 11 crew are kept at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington.
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The marker that saved the crew of the Apollo 11 mission
In addition to the space suit, for salethe lunar module switch that broke during the mission and nearly killed the entire crew. When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin completed their explorations on the lunar surface, they returned to the lunar module. There they ate and tried to sleep, but suddenly Buzz Aldrin noticed with horror that the engine lever switch had broken. It was needed in order to turn on the lunar module, return to the command module in orbit and return to Earth.
It became clear that the Apollo 11 mission wason the brink of disaster. The problem was reported to the Control Center - the astronauts were told to rest, but then they were informed that no one could think of a way to solve the problem. Upon learning of this, astronaut Buzz Aldrin decided to turn on the module himself. He quickly realized that for this he needed to find something that could fit into the hole in the switch. He did not dare to put his fingers in there, because we are talking about electronics. But then he remembered that he had a marker in his pocket. With the help of it, the lunar module was turned on and the crew was saved. As you can see, a broken switch and a felt-tip pen also cost a lot of money - they were also valued at $ 2 million.
Important: in addition to a suit, a switch and a felt-tip pen, onthe auction will also include other items, such as Buzz Aldrin's records. A selfie of an astronaut in space was put up for auction earlier, just look at it.
Memorabilia from space
According to representatives of Sotheby's, this is one of thethe most significant and valuable space exploration artifacts ever put up for auction. Cassandra Hatton, head of science and popular culture at the auction house, described the collection for sale as follows:
All these things are a reflection of a man with incredible strength and determination, who faced adversity resolutely and remained logical and balanced even in moments of great danger.
Buzz Aldrin himself shared that he put things onsale after much deliberation. For a long time they remained for him a reminder of a life dedicated to science and research. The famous astronaut hopes that the sold items will allow new owners to understand what it's like to be Buzz Aldrin. The auction will reportedly take place on July 26, less than a week after the 53rd anniversary of the first humans landing on the moon.
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