Robert Z. Pearlman on astronaut and first moonwalker Neil Armstrong’s memorabilia stash.
The first man to walk on the moon kept a bag full of small parts from the lunar module “Eagle” that he and his Apollo 11 crewmate Buzz Aldrin famously piloted to a landing at Tranquility Base on July 20, 1969. The stowage bag was discovered by Armstrong’s widow after he died in 2012.
What was in the bag?
Armstrong’s waist tether, utility lights and their brackets, equipment netting, an emergency wrench, the optical sight that was mounted above Armstrong’s window and the 16mm data acquisition camera (DAC) that recorded the now iconic footage of the lander’s final approach and Armstrong’s descent down the ladder to take his “small step” onto the moon.
Armstrong kept the bag and its contents hidden for more than 40 years until it was found by his widow.