One of the biggest space auctions in history is about to begin, and NASA’s astronauts are cleaning out the closets and emptying the storage bins. Among the goodies up for grabs? The joystick that guided Apollo 15 to the moon.
It goes without saying: This definitely ain’t your old Atari joystick. RR Auction is gearing up to sell a ton of space and aeronautic artifacts, including the controller used by the Apollo 15 team to land on the surface of the moon.
Way back in 1971, the joystick was used by Cmdr. Dave Scott to manually land the lunar module safely on the moon's surface. The joystick is considered one of the most valuable pieces in the auction, and the auction house says it could sell for as much as $300,000. Yes, you read that number correctly.
Bobby Livingston, with RR Auctions, noted that objects coming directly from moon walkers are “unquestionably” the most sought-after items up for grabs. Well, duh. Other items of note include the alignment sight from the Falcon and a flag taken to space on the mission.
Now all we need is $300,000. Hey, that’s what Kickstarter is for, right?