Smithsonian unveils Armstrong bag with Apollo 11 lunar artifacts

February 9, 2015 5:32 PM

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Smithsonian unveils Armstrong bag with Apollo 11 lunar artifacts

It’s been 46 years since Neil Armstrong took “one giant leap for mankind” when he became the first person to set foot on the moon. Now, visitors of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum have the opportunity to get an up-close look at some of the astronaut’s outer space mementos that were meant to be left on the moon.

Shortly after Armstrong’s death in August 2012, his family reached out to the Smithsonian about artifacts from his career found at his Ohio home office. Carol, Armstrong’s widow, discovered a white cloth bag in her husband’s closet filled with items that she believed came from a spacecraft. After cl...

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