Neil Armstrong Had Secret Stash Of Apollo 11 Artifacts In His Closet

Neil Armstrong Had Secret Stash Of Apollo 11 Artifacts In His Closet

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NASA catalogs a bag of Apollo 11 lunar landing gear that was tucked away at Armstrong's home.

Neil Armstrong passed away in August 2012, but the first man to set foot on the moon is still surprising us -- and NASA -- over two and half years later.

According to a recent report by NASA, Armstrong's second wife-now-widow, Carol, found "the Purse" in a closet at their home in Ohio. The bag contained a treasure trove of NASA gear from the Apollo 11 lunar mission -- most of which was seemingly useless upon return to Earth, sentimental value aside. The hardware is now on loan to the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, where it's been cataloged by curator Allan Needell.

"These artifacts are among the very few Apollo 11 flown items brought back from Tranquility Base and, thus, are of priceless historical value," says the NASA report.

The most important piece of gear among the contents of the bag is the "Data Acquisition Camera" -- a 16mm film camera with a 10mm lens attached. This was the very camera that was mounted to the forward window, which showed the now-iconic footage of the lunar module making its final descent to the Moon's surface.

Check out the gallery below, which showcases all the new-found Apollo hardware, and the source link for more in-depth descriptions of the hardware and its mission purpose.

Source: NASA

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Cue the conspiracy theorists.

Shiftygiant:
Cue the conspiracy theorists.

The Moon landing was shot in my mother's garage, and backyard. We had one hell of a set design team.

-Devin Connors

One of our nation's greatest heroes was a kleptomaniac. This amuses me.

Well that takes workplace theft to whole new heights doesn't it?

I'm surprised he took that little, I would have taken a bunch of shit, moonrocks, the flag, you name it.

Hehehe, damn right he took a few things. Hell, who wouldn't? Rather, who doesn't take anything from work?

Well, that beats the stapler and two pens I got.

Shiftygiant:
Cue the conspiracy theorists.

Ahhh, the sweet sound of Neil punching out a moon landing conspiracy buff. Priceless...

Kyber:
I'm surprised he took that little, I would have taken a bunch of shit, moonrocks, the flag, you name it.

Aren't moon rocks...hazardous to human life? Deadly?

soren7550:
Hehehe, damn right he took a few things. Hell, who wouldn't? Rather, who doesn't take anything from work?

*raises hand somewhere in the back of a giant crowd*

FalloutJack:
Aren't moon rocks...hazardous to human life? Deadly?

Only if you hit someone with it.

Grumman:

FalloutJack:
Aren't moon rocks...hazardous to human life? Deadly?

Only if you hit someone with it.

*Goes to double-check*

Ah, sorry. Moon dust particles are harmful through physical contact or by inhaling. My bad.

Svarr:

soren7550:
Hehehe, damn right he took a few things. Hell, who wouldn't? Rather, who doesn't take anything from work?

*raises hand somewhere in the back of a giant crowd*

I'm kind of the same, I have taken some computer mouses, a 48 port switch, keyboards etc but all were with consent. Does that count?

FalloutJack:

Grumman:

FalloutJack:
Aren't moon rocks...hazardous to human life? Deadly?

Only if you hit someone with it.

*Goes to double-check*

Ah, sorry. Moon dust particles are harmful through physical contact or by inhaling. My bad.

How could such tasty cheese dust be bad for you? Unless you mean to say cheese dust in general is bad for you. But that would mean cheetos are bad for yo... Holy crap!

There's nothing wrong with sentimentality.

FalloutJack:

Shiftygiant:
Cue the conspiracy theorists.

Ahhh, the sweet sound of Neil punching out a moon landing conspiracy buff. Priceless...

Kyber:
I'm surprised he took that little, I would have taken a bunch of shit, moonrocks, the flag, you name it.

Aren't moon rocks...hazardous to human life? Deadly?

Don't care, if it means money, I'll stash a boxload of 'em in my undies, the way of the true hero.

Kyber:
Don't care, if it means money, I'll stash a boxload of 'em in my undies, the way of the true hero.

Well, at least I can say you've got the stones for it.

Gorrath:

How could such tasty cheese dust be bad for you? Unless you mean to say cheese dust in general is bad for you. But that would mean cheetos are bad for yo... Holy crap!

The Chester Cheetah Conspiracy continues...

 

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