After 45 years, souvenirs from Apollo 11 come to light

FILE - In this July 16, 1969 file photo, Neil Armstrong waving in front, heads for the van that will take the crew to the rocket for launch to the moon at Kennedy Space Center in Merritt Island, Fla. (AP Photo/File)

NEW YORK (AP) – More than 40 years after the Apollo 11 moon landing, a cloth satchel full of souvenirs brought back by Neil Armstrong has come to light.

Among the trove is a 16-mm movie camera from inside the lunar module that filmed its descent to the moon and Armstrong’s first steps on the lunar surface in 1969.

The discovery was revealed last week by the National Air and Space Museum, which is already displaying the camera in a temporary exhibit.

The bag had been found by Armstrong’s widow recently while cleaning out a closet.

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Full museum blog post with photos of artifacts can be viewed here.

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