Astronaut unknowingly brought souvenir flags to the moon and now you can buy one

When Apollo 15 astronaut David Scott hopped across the lunar surface in 1971, he was carrying a pouch of tiny US flags in his spacesuit. The stash of flags was such a secret that Scott didn't even know they were there at the time. Now one of the souvenir flags, the pouch, and the bracket where it was attached are up for auction. The flag is estimated to go for $15,000 and the bracket/pouch for $30,000, but I definitely think you need both lots. From Collect Space:

"This [hidden pouch] was apparently unknown to anybody else until the (Portable Life Support System's Oxygen Purge System where the pouch was stowed were) disassembled after the mission by some other member of the CSD (Crew Systems Division) and the flag package was discovered," wrote Scott.

The identity of the original CSD member who hid the flags, or the person who found them afterward, is unknown...

Scott was presented with some of the flags and the 7.5 by 4 inch (19 by 10 cm) bracket as mementos of his flight by his management at the same meeting where he was told of their existence. A law passed in 2012 reaffirmed Apollo-era astronauts' title to the items they retained as souvenirs of their missions...

The hidden flags were not the only secret souvenirs on the Apollo 15 mission. Scott and his two crew mates also took postmarked envelopes, a memorial statue, and timepieces that NASA later labeled as unauthorized. The hidden flags were not associated with those items, though.

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  1. Sure. Dave Scott didn't know that he took more souvenirs to the moon to be sold than he'd planned.

    Sure. Sure. Totally believable.

  2. Value is such a weird concept sometimes.

  3. Suddenly I envision a cat burglar with a secret underground vault, containing a pilfered collection, assembled over the decades from every continent, of fabulously valuable ... brackets.

  4. No argument there. Still, if I was given a 5/8 inch steel bolt that had been a part of the Apollo 11 moon landing module I probably wouldn't just toss it into the jar of similar fasteners sitting in my garage.

  5. I just don't get stuff like this. Like why people buy stuff that someone famous owned because, wow, it's the actual pen he held. I do get if it's an iconic piece of clothing from a movie - if in some way the object helped to create the moment - but just, oh, he signed this bill with this pen, to me it's ... I don't have that thing that makes stuff like that interesting to me.

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