Apollo’s Hand Controller Gathers $610,063 at Auction

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Some artifacts from the Apollo lunar mission were this week auctioned off. A hand controller that was used during the Apollo 15 Lunar Module “Falcon” was one of the artifacts on offer.
The hand controller gathered the largest amount; it was sold to a European client for $610,063. The controller was used by Commander Dave Scott to land him on the surface of the moon. He was together with pilot James Irwin on July 30, 1971.

Hand Controller Gathers

According to Bobby Livingston, executive vice president of RR Auction based in New Hampshire, the hand controller was an important part since it was used on all missions

An American flag taken to the moon was also on offer during the auction of 500 aviation and exploration artifacts this week.

Larry McGlynn, new owner of the flag, says that only 12 people have walked on the moon out of 105 billion since human beings started walking upright. According to him the artifacts “are incredibly rare items.”

The commemorative flag, measuring 2.5 Inch by 1.75 Inch and framed with a uniform patch from Apollo 15 was sold for $27,741.35 and a crewman optical sight alignment gathered over $126,000.

Richard Jurek, co-author of “Marketing the Moon: The Selling of the Apollo Lunar Program”, said the artifacts signify the pinnacle of Apollo era. The artifacts are the items that the astronauts decided to keep as a reminder from arguably the greatest engineering milestone of the 20th century.

About 70 artifacts from Apollo 11 were also sold during the auction; they included items from Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins’ personal collection. Apollo 11 was the first manned mission on the moon. Most of the collectors used to watch America’s space program during their youthful days and have a close connection to the pieces.

According to McGlynn, people love those astronauts’ heroism. They looked up to the moon figuring out how to get there, and they actually did.

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