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

The Apollo 11 Contingency Lunar Sample Return Bag used by astronaut Neil Armstrong is displayed for Sotheby's Space Exploration auction in New York City U.S

The Apollo 11 Contingency Lunar Sample Return Bag used by astronaut Neil Armstrong is displayed for Sotheby's Space Exploration auction in New York City U.S

The long-lost bag used by us astronaut Neil Armstrong to bring back to Earth the first samples of moon dust is expected to sell for up to $4 million when it is auctioned with other space memorabilia next week in New York City.

Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin would land on the moon several days later, while Michael Collins orbited overhead, forever cementing the event and their places in human history.

Armstrong collected roughly 500 grams of moon dust and 12 rock fragments in 1969 as he walked through an area known as The Sea of Tranquility.

NASA says the bag still contains remnants of lunar dust.

Armstrong's "Lunar Sample Return" bag more or less went missing after its contents were extracted in July of 1969, but it was eventually found in the garage of convicted thief/museum manager Max Ary, who Reuters reports got it from an unmarked box at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX, where it sat unidentified and uncatalogued for years.

It is expected to sell for between two and $4 million.

July 20th was chosen as the date of the auction, which also includes items like the original crew-annotated Apollo 13 flight plan, astronaut Gus Grissom's space suit, and photographs taken on and of the moon by NASA.

A small USA flag from Apollo 13 that was meant to be left on the moon will also be auctioned.

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