Neil Armstrong’s Hidden Bag of Souvenirs from Moon Expedition Discovered

February 10, 2015, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Astronauts leave behind much stuff when returning after their job in the outer space. But some among them tend to carry stuff back so as to be treasured for a lifetime.

Neil Armstrong, who set his feet on Moon, also had a collection of such souvenirs which he had kept hidden over the past so many years.

Two years after his demise, which was back in 2012, his wife Carol Armstrong has now discovered those hidden artifacts in a bag which was kept safe in his closet.

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And soon after the discovery, she informed the  Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum about it. Allan Needell from the museum went through the stuff hidden and fund out that these were part of the crew when Apollo made its Moon touchdown back in 1969.

He confirmed that  is that they were the items that had made their journey to the outer space. The bag, also known as McDivitt Purse, was identified to be a Temporary Stowage bag used by astronauts and contained some utility stuff that aided the first ever human touchdown on the Moon.

It includes a waist tether, light assemble, power cables, helmet tie-down strap, netting, a mirror and also a 16mm camera that recorded the first step of mankind on Moon.

These items were believed to be flown with Apollo 11 Lunar Module known as Eagle, which eventually had an impact with the Moon after its orbit got decayed.

Currently, under the possession of Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, with Allan Needell appointed as its curator, these items are exhibited at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, as a part of a temporary exhibition under the banner ‘Outside the Spacecraft: 50 Years of Extra-Vehicular Activity’.

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