Unique maanzakje of Apollo 11-mission under the hammer

Unique maanzakje of Apollo 11-mission under the hammer

A bag that is used to samples of the moon to collect during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969, is going under the hammer.

The very valuable item must be between 2 and 4 million dollars (converted between 1.8 and 3.6 million euros) muster.

The bag, that even small residual particles of the moon contains, was used by astronaut Neil Armstrong to the stones and the dust of the moon. On the pouch is the return of moon samples printed.

It is the first time that an object that is used on NASA’s Apollo 11 mission in the legal sale.


It is striking that the bag last year was accidentally sold by the space agency. By mistake did the American Nancy Carlson from Illinois for 995 dollars (890 euros) the bag on the head tapping. The sale was only discovered when Carlson the pocket to NASA and sent for confirmation of authenticity.

NASA recently filed a lawsuit to the bag to get back, but the court determined that the new owner of the object. According to NASA it is a ‘unique object’ and ‘national heritage’.

The maanzakje will on 20 July, exactly 48 years after the first moon landing, to change owner during the auction at Sotheby’s in New York.

Twenty pounds

The Apollo 11 was the first mission that successfully on the moon managed to countries. In 1969, brought Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong for a few hours on the surface and collected more than twenty pounds of material. Thus, they returned to the earth.

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