Thursday 26 April 2018

VIDEO: Astronaut Neil Armstrong's 'bag of souvenirs' from Apollo 11 1969 moon landing found in cupboard at home

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More than four decades after the Apollo 11 moon landing, a bag of souvenirs brought back by astronaut Neil Armstrong has been found.

The bag was discovered by his wife Carol Armstrong in a cupboard at their home after the astronaut died in 2012.

A tether, which was found in the bag, was used by the astronauts to exit and enter the lunar capsule
A tether, which was found in the bag, was used by the astronauts to exit and enter the lunar capsule

Among the trove, a 16mm movie camera from inside the lunar module that filmed it's first descent to the moon and Mr Armstrong's first steps on the moon's surface in 1969.

The bag was supposed to have stayed behind after the mission so as not to add any extra weight to the capsule on ireturn.

Also in the bag, which is also known as a McDivitt purse, was the tether the astronauts used while exiting and entering the lunar module, hooks and other tools.

The objects will go on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in the US alongside other artefacts from the mission.

Neil Armstrong smiles into the camera after spending more than 2 hours on the lunar surface on 21 July, 1969.
Neil Armstrong smiles into the camera after spending more than 2 hours on the lunar surface on 21 July, 1969.

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