Welcome to NASA’s Garage Sale

Sotheby’s is auctioning off a trove of space memorabilia

By Kirk Miller

Welcome to NASA’s Garage Sale
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19 July 2017

“What is it you want, Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I'll throw a lasso around it and pull it down. Hey. That's a pretty good idea. I'll give you the moon, Mary. ” — George Bailey, It’s a Wonderful Life

There was one moment in modern American history where we put aside our differences, rolled up our sleeves and accomplished something remarkable.

Happy anniversary, moon landing.

To celebrate, Sotheby’s is hosting an auction of rare and amazing astronaut memorabilia. Timed to the Apollo 11 lunar landing on July 20, 1969, the Space Exploration auction will include:

The Apollo 11 Contingency Lunar Sample Return: A bag used by Neil Armstrong during the Apollo 11 mission to bring back the first moon rock samples.

Gemini G1C Spacesuit Thermal Coverlayer: Your astronaut cosplay just went legit, thanks to this pre-moonflight layer worn by astronaut Gus Grissom during the Project Gemini spaceflights of the early 60s.

Lunar Orbiter I
The first shot taken of Earth from the Moon (well, 730 miles above the far side of the moon), taken by Lunar Orbiter in 1966.

Plus, a lunar photograph taken in 1855 (!), a Space Shuttle Orbiter computer processor, and a ton of signed astronaut memorabilia.

The auction will be held on July 20 in New York, but can go to eBay to get your bid in.

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