Sunday Marks 48th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Mission

Alain Brian
Juillet 17, 2017

Missions back to the moon, for mining resources and/or using the moon as a base for deeper human space exploration, are being whispered about in the spaceflight industry more and more, and have been for years.

Sunday marks 48 years since the beginning of the legendary Apollo 11 mission that put the first Americans on the moon.

On July 16, 1969, the Apollo 11 spacecraft took off from Florida and began its trip to the Moon.

Astronaut Neil Armstrong did something no one had ever done before.

Photograph is courtesy of NASA History Office and the NASA JSC Media Services Center.

Sotheby's, which will auction the goods on July 20, said the original goal of the bag was only discovered two years ago, when its current owner bought it as part of an auction of assets seized by the U.S. Marshall's Service.

The bag is expected to fetch between $2 million and $4 million at auction.

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

In the video above, from the series "When We Left Earth" (Part 3: Landing the Eagle), both Neil and Buzz discuss their historic mission in a very rare and interesting interview together.

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