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originally posted by: kix
YOU KNOW WHAT KILLS ME..?????
That those artifacts are useless and have a value of ZERO because according to ATS lore they never went to the moon. so basically he put studio props in his closet for 45 years !!! LOL
Now back on topic, it would be great to see those items on display.
"[Neil] Armstrong's headset, the lunar module film camera that recorded the first landing, and a waist tether used in the LM as well — the last two of which are on loan to us, and are promised donations, from the Armstrong family."
originally posted by: Aleister
Neil Armstrong's tidbits and whatnots from his unique adventure would have, as a poster stated, crashed into the moon if he didn't take them. I'm glad he thought to do this, and saved these pieces of now historic glueons and whatcyamacallits for generations of non-moon walking world citizens to see, point at, and maybe touch ("Dad, I can't believe I'm actually holding Apollo 11's Right-Angle Bracket Adapter for DAC!"). Now I know what I want for Christmas.
July 21, 2010 — A customs declaration form filled out by astronaut Neil Armstrong was allegedly stolen by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection worker and his friend, who together attempted to sell it at auction, announced federal prosecutors Tuesday on the 41st anniversary of the first moonwalker's historic "small step." If found guilty of stealing and conveying an official record of the United States, the two men could each face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, according to the United States Attorney's Office.
it was Neil's initiative. However, astronauts who flew earlier in Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo also kept souvenirs of this type, namely things that were no longer needed and, nominally, would have been in the LM when it was jettisoned. Deke had laid down ground rules, presumably with permission from higher ups.
The rules did get tighter after Apollo15.
All this does beg the question of what Neil had in mind bringing this stuff back. Did he periodically pull the bag out of the closet and reminisce wistfully as he picked up each item? He apparently never made any moves to sell anything and his family is classy enough not to do so. So why did he bring it back?