Mercury Era Spacesuit - $8,000-$12,000 This cover layer for the phase 2 spacesuit was developed for Project Mercury, the first of the U.S.’s manned flight programs. And while the suits themselves were essentially just a modified version of the Navy’s high-altitude pressure suits, this aluminized nylon covering was crucial in assisting thermal control to keep astronauts from becoming frozen corpses before they even left the atmosphere.
James Irwin’s Moon Flag - $10,000-15,000 All American flags are special, but it’s not every day you find one that’s gone to the moon. Apollo 15 Lunar Module Pilot James Irwin, eighth man to walk on the moon, took this flag with him, spending 66 hours there in the summer of 1971.
Cosmonaut’s Survival Machete - $500 - 700 The Soviets didn’t let their “cosmonauts” go to space without packing some weapons in case there was a James Bond style space battle or an alien situation. This 14-inch destroyer comes with a gray sheath with velcro and a belt loop. Did they really wear belts in space?
Lunar Surface Panorama Negatives - $700-$1,500 Far more interesting than even your cutest baby pictures, this canister contains negatives for the huge shots taken on the surface during the Apollo 15 mission. It was the first time a panoramic camera was ever used to photograph long sections of the moon.
Space Shuttle Drink Containers - $200-300 There’s something in this auction for everyone. To drink coffee and tea in space, NASA freeze-dried and powdered coffee and tea that could easily be rehydrated and drunk with a straw. Like everything NASA, they have a velcro base so they don’t float away. However, they’re marked “training,” so it’s not clear if they ever actually made it out of the atmosphere.