The bag, known as a “McDivitt Purse”, was taken back on Earth by Neil Armstrong, although it was initially meant to be left in the Eagle lander.
There are mission transcripts in which Armstrong refers to the bag as “a bunch of trash that we want to take back”.
However, museum curators refer to the recently discovered artifacts as being of “priceless historical value.”
The bag of artifacts was found in Armstrong’s closet by his widow and she showed it to Allan Needell, curator at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
Needell expressed his enthusiasm in a blog post, saying that the recently discovered bag of artifacts is the equivalent of a small treasure, especially for a curator who is specialized in space artifacts.
Needell believes that Neil Armstrong has never told anyone about these objects and he’s the only one who has seen them since he returned from the Moon, more than 45 years ago.
Needell and his team of researchers first found out about the existence of the bag in 2012, after Neil Armstrong’s death, and have since studied the contents.
They analyzed the artifacts using mission transcripts and old photographs to determine how and when the objects were used of the first mission to the moon.
Some of the items that were found in the bag include an emergency wrench, a mirror, brackets, netting and a power cable.
But the most valuable objects, in Needell’s opinion, include a 16 mm camera, which was used by the astronauts to record on the Moon, and a waist tether which was designed in case there was an emergency spacewalk.
The 16 mm camera was placed in the window of the Lunar Module called Eagle, while the tether was used by Armstrong as a hammock while he rested before taking off from the Moon’s surface.
According to the experts, the artifacts proof that the Moon landings are real missions which involve real people.
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