US flag carried to the Moon auctions tomorrow



2015-06-26 11:49:11

US flag carried to the Moon auctions tomorrow

Taken to the Ocean of Storms and back by Apollo 12, the flag is open to online bids

A US flag carried to the Moon aboard Apollo 12 will feature in an auction of rare NASA memorabilia, tomorrow (January 23).

The flag, carried to the Moon by astronauts Conrad, Gordon and Bean in November 1969 - five months after Apollo 11's first-ever lunar exploration.

Presented in a frame, the three inches by six inches flag is accompanied by an inscription on silver paper marker card.

 Apollo 12's flag was consigned to the sale by a former NASA employee

"Apollo 12, November 1969, Charles Conrad Jr, Richard F. Gordon Jr, Alan J. Bean," it reads.

"This flag was carried to the moon by the crew of Apollo 12, November 19, 1969, Ocean of Storms."

The inscription was written by a former NASA employee, from whose collection a number of items will appear in the sale.

Considering the flag has been flown to the Moon, it carries a remarkably modest estimate of $1,000-2,000. There is just one day left to bid online.

Philip Weiss Auctions are organising the sale.

Images: Philip Weiss Auctions

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