For sale: The bag used by Neil Armstrong to collect moon dust

The lunar dust plus some tiny rocks that Armstrong also collected are zipped up in a small bag and are worth an estimated $2 million to $4 million

The lunar dust plus some tiny rocks that Armstrong also collected are zipped up in a small bag and are worth an estimated $2 million to $4 million

Traces of lunar dust and tiny moon rocks are still embedded in the bag.

Thursday, July 20th, is the 48th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969. That's 505,000 times more by weight than the 842 pounds of samples carried home from the moon.

Though auction houses regularly boast exceptional pieces, rarely do their offerings go beyond the earthly realm. Made of the same fire-retardant material as space suits it's expected to sell for anywhere from $2-million to $4-million dollars.

Moon dust that Neil Armstrong collected during the first lunar landing was displayed Thursday at a NY auction house - a symbol of America's glory days in space now valued at $2 million to $4 million. The star of the auction, however, is Neil Armstrong's moon dust bag, which he used to bring home the very first lunar dust samples. Though this object is coming to the block from private ownership, almost all other accessories from the American space missions are housed in the U.S. National Collections at the Smithsonian.

Sotheby's, which will auction the goods on Thursday, said the original goal of the bag was only discovered two years ago, when its current owner bought it as part of an auction of assets seized by the U.S. Marshall's Service.

In 2015, the bag was sold to a Chicago attorney for merely $995.

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Other highlights include two sheets from the "Apollo 11 flown flight plan", one which contains extensive mission notes by both Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on their last full day in space before their planned return to Earth ($25,000-$35,000); and a crew-signed Apollo 11 emblem flown to the moon by command module pilot Michael Collins ($40,000-$60,000).

Also on the block, is a documented flight plan that astronauts used to return to Earth.

Interested in the history of the bag, Ms Carlson sent it to be analysed by NASA, which confirmed its provenance through testing.

(Photo: Sotheby's) The photograph of Buzz Aldrin taken by Neil Armstrong is one of the Apollo 11 mission's most iconic photograph. In April 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was the first human to visit outer space, in a spacecraft that orbited Earth. The English-translated governmental report on his descriptions of Earth based on his experience has an estimated value of $50,000 to $80,000.

Also available for sale at the NY auction house Sotheby's are 180 other items connected to space travel and NASA.

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