Secret stash of Apollo equipment found in Neil Armstrong's wardrobe

A bag full of equipment taken to the Moon on the Apollo 11 mission has been found by Neil Armstrong's widow in a closet at the late astronaut's house.

The bag - known as an astronaut's "purse" - contained "lunar surface equipment" including power cables, spanners, brackets and even the film camera that was used to capture images of Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walking on the Moon's surface.

No one is thought to have known about the bag's existence for more than 40 years - including Armstrong's wife Carol.

These artefacts are among the very few Apollo 11 flown items brought back from Tranquility Base and, thus, are of priceless historical value.

  • Allan Needell, Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum
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