Breaking ground at the Armstrong Air & Space Museum

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Other items that went to the moon with Armstrong include a USA flag, the largest size typically flown during Apollo missions; a United Nations flag; various state flags; and some Robbins Medallions.

Those cherished mementos are now part of Armstrong's private collection of space memorabilia, which will be going up for auction in the fall, the Associated Press reported yesterday. He also took pieces of wing and propeller from the 1903 Wright Brothers Flyer with him to the moon.

Dallas-based Heritage Auctions will handle the auctions.

According to Heritage Auctions president Greg Rohan, the public always finds any objects related to the space program completely fascinating.

Dubbed the Armstrong Family Collection, the collection contains more than 2,000 items and will be under the hammer in a series of three auctions.

The project is expected to be completed by July 20th of next year for the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

The two brothers set out to preserve these irreplaceable items and started researching each object in order to identify, restore, and record its history.

Armstrong's son Mark says he hopes that seeing the items and remembering them will help people realize the importance of continuing to explore space.

At 4:17 p.m. EDT, while Collins remained in orbit aboard the command module Columbia, Armstrong and Aldrin aboard the lunar module Eagle landed on the surface of the Moon.

Amongst the products being provided are Robbins medallions flown on the Apollo 11 objective, consisting of an "incredibly uncommon gold example". Armstrong's collection also includes a rare gold medallion. Among other things at the auction you can buy the boy scout hat Armstrong and the flag of Purdue University, where he studied.