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Neil Armstrong’s space artifacts to be auctioned

Neil Armstrong’s space artifacts to be auctioned

Those famous words were spoken 49 years ago Friday by Neil Armstrong after he and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon.

But the astronaut didn't make the journey to the moon alone. The Armstrong Family Collection includes flags and medallions brought by the astronaut to the moon during the 1969 Apollo 11 mission.

In all more than 2,000 items are being included in a series of sales conducted by Dallas-based Heritage Auctions starting on November 1.

He also took pieces of wing and propeller from the 1903 Wright Brothers Flyer with him to the moon.

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The project is expected to be completed by July 20th of next year for the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

The auctions are being handled by Heritage Auctions, an auction house based in Dallas, which is confident the event will get an wonderful turnout.

The two brothers set out to preserve these irreplaceable items and started researching each object in order to identify, restore, and record its history.

"I think he would be pleased to be remembered as being part of a program that demonstrated awesome things can be achieved when people come together to dedicate themselves towards a common goal", his son Rick Armstrong said.

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"He did save all the items, so he obviously felt they were worth saving", he pointed out.

NASA is planning to have a moon space station in place within 10 years, giving astronauts a way to live in the moon's orbit and land frequently on its surface.

Amongst the products being provided are Robbins medallions flown on the Apollo 11 objective, consisting of an "incredibly uncommon gold example".

Also on sale will be exhibited the flags of the United States, the United Nations and us States.

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"There will be flown products, autographed products and products of historic significance".