Tuesday , 19 September 2017

Secret Stash Of Moon Artifacts Found Hidden In Neil Armstrong’s Closet

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These are the contents of a mysterious white bag found hidden in Neil Armstrong’s closet: Weird looking lamps, wrenches, utility brackets, sights and a film camera that later was identified as the one that captured the famous Apollo 11′s descent on the Moon’s surface. Nobody knew about it, including his widow.

According to NASA, Carol Armstrong sent photos to Allan Needell, curator of the Apollo collection at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, who immediately knew what was inside: It was a McDivitt Purse full of parts from the Eagle, Apollo 11′s Lunar Module:

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Here’s a list of everything inside and how it looked inside and outside the Eagle:

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1. The McDivitt Purse

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 2. Power Cable for Data Acquisition Camera

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3 & 4. Utility lights

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5 & 6. Utility clamps

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7. Crewman Optical Alignment

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8. Filter (Snap-on for COAS)

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9. Light Bulb Assembly (Spare for COAS)

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10. Waist Tether (Extra-Vehicular Activity tether)

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11. Helmet Tie Down Strap (x2)

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12. Data Acquisition Camera (DAC -16mm movie)

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This is the camera that captured the descent (this video gets me every single time I watch it):

12a. Right-Angle Bracket Adaptor (for DAC)

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12b. 10-mm lens (for DAC)

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13. Lens Shade (Teflon; for 10mm lens on DAC)

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14. Eyeguard Assembly (for AOT)

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The Alignment Optical Telescope was used for navigation while flying the Lunar Module, “a periscope-type device that protruded through the top of the LM. The astronauts used AOT to make direct visual sightings and record precise angular measurements of pairs of celestial objects.”

15. Mirror (Metal)

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16. Tool B: Emergency Wrench

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17. Waste Management Cover

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18. Netting

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