Sunday, June 3, 2012

Neil Armstrong Carried a piece of the Wright Brothers’ 1903 Flyer with him to the moon:

Neil Armstrong is known throughout the world as the first man on the moon. His famous words “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind” are known almost universally. His biography, “First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong,” written by James R Hansesn, was released in 2005. 

In it was a lot of very interesting information about Armstrong’s trip to the moon and back. On the Apollo 11 mission, each of the three astronauts had a small, lunch-box sized pouch called a “Personal Preference Kit,” or PPK. 

It was a teflon-coated bag that, with the contents included, could weigh no more than five pounds. Its purpose was for the astronauts to be able to bring personal items to and from the moon. 

The astronauts were allowed to chose whatever items they wanted, and while Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin have auctioned off some of the items they took with them on the journey, little is known of the contents of Armstrong’s PPK. 

Armstrong had made an arrangement with the National US Air Force Museum to be given a small piece of wood from the propeller of the Wright Brothers’ famous 1903 flyer, as well as a piece of the fabric from the left wing to include in his PPK.