NASA Apollo 11 lunar soil samples that had been collected by astronaut Neil Armstrong bought for a hefty $504,375 USD at public sale this weekend. This lot contained 5 Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) aluminum pattern stubs, every topped with 10 mm diameter carbon tape containing Apollo Moon mud. It took Neil roughly 3 minutes 35 seconds to gather the mud and the pattern bag was crammed with two scoops that weighed in at 1 kilogram (2.2 kilos). Learn extra for a video and extra data.
Each scoops included small rock fragments and positioned right into a 52 x 127 x 178 mm Teflon bag that match on the top of an extendable aluminum deal with about 845 mm lengthy. Astronaut Neil Armstrong then eliminated this bag from the inside track equipment as soon as crammed earlier than inserting it in a strap-on pocket on his left thigh. After returning to the Lunar Module, he positioned the Teflon pattern bag into the Beta fabric CSRC for its return journey again to Earth. In an alternate universe, Richard Nixon makes this Apollo 11 announcement.
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The floor is okay and powdery, I can kick it up loosely with my toe. It does adhere in tremendous layers, like powdered charcoal, to the only and sides of my boots. I solely go in a small fraction of an inch, possibly an eighth of an inch, however I can see the footprints of my boots and the treads within the tremendous, sandy particles,” mentioned Neil Armstrong throughout the Apollo 11 mission.