Lot #403
Neil Armstrong Pre-Flight Spacesuit (Torso) X-Ray

Mission-critical X-ray of Armstrong’s spacesuit connections, taken days before the launch of Apollo 11

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Estimate: $800+

Description

Mission-critical X-ray of Armstrong’s spacesuit connections, taken days before the launch of Apollo 11

Original one-of-a-kind 17 x 14 X-ray of a portion of Neil Armstrong's A7L spacesuit torso showing the neck ring and the suit's PLSS and OPS inlets, dated July 7, 1969, only nine days before the launch of Apollo 11. This X-ray was taken at NASA's Kennedy Space Center as a last-minute check to see if any foreign objects were present that could compromise the integrity of Armstrong's pressure suit, such as broken off needle tips used in the suit fabrication and stitching process. These X-rays were taken and inspected by Jack Weakland, who worked in the NASA X-ray Lab from 1968 to 1979, and who stored them during and after the Apollo program. Sometime later the agency determined they were no longer needed and permitted Weakland to keep them. In fine condition. An incredibly rare and desirable item that demonstrates NASA's excruciating attention to detail in ensuring safety on man's first trip to the lunar surface.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts
  • Dates: #635 - Ended May 11, 2022