Neil Armstrong's Son Recalls His 'First Man' Dad as Apollo 11 Items Go Up for Auction

Space.com | 5/7/2019 | Elizabeth Howell
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When Neil Armstrong was the first astronaut to walk on the moon 50 years ago this summer, he became an overnight hero to the world. To his children, though, he remained their dad.

Both sides of the famous astronaut show clearly in a new set of items for sale at Heritage Auctions from May 9 to 11, including American and state flags tucked away in the spacecraft during the flight, a leather jacket that the moonwalker enjoyed wearing constantly, and more. These items were carefully curated by the Armstrong family and required a lot of sorting before they were put up for sale. Armstrong died suddenly in 2012 at age 82.

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In an exclusive interview with Space.com, Mark Armstrong (the youngest of his father's children) said his father's legacy included trying to make day-to-day life in the family as normal as possible. This happened at a time when Armstrong was constantly in the news and was also participating in a multiweek world tour with the Apollo 11 crew to personally meet world leaders. Some items acquired during that tour are for sale at the auction.

Neil Armstrong's leather jacket goes up for auction in May 2019.

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Two items that caught Mark Armstrong's eye are a book and pictures from the Soviet Union, collected in 1970 while his father was trying to foster better relations with the space program there on behalf of NASA. For much of the 1960s, the Soviet Union and the United States were competitors in space, but the mood turned more toward cooperation after the American moon landing.

Five years after his visit, American astronauts and Soviet cosmonauts flew together for the first time during Apollo-Soyuz. This was one of the first steps the countries took together toward the International Space Station, which Russia and the United States...
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