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Joystick Used For Moon Landing Up For Auction
The joystick used to land Apollo 15 on the Moon is to be auctioned.
With a starting bid of $10,000 (£5,900) it is a chance for space enthusiasts to own a piece of lunar history.
But potential bidders are warned that the final selling price could run into hundreds of thousands of dollars in the online auction.
It comes with a two-page letter of authenticity and explanation from astronaut David Scott, who used the device during Nasa's eighth successful manned Moon mission.
His three-strong crew spent three days on the Moon during the 1971 mission, which was hailed as the most successful manned flight ever achieved at the time.
It was the first 'J mission' - longer stays on the Moon with a greater focus on scientific exploration.
The Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) was also used for the first time.
In the letter Mr Scott wrote: "This has been in my personal collection since returning to Earth."
The joystick is significant because the lunar module from Apollo 15 was nearly 3,000 feet south of its landing spot when Mr Scott had to steer it back on course.
He added: "This remarkable device ? provided the Commander and crew with 11 separate functions during four major phases of a lunar landing mission."
Other items that will be featured in the auction include Buzz Aldrin's Nasa-issued glove worn at the Tranquility Base during the first lunar landing, and a ceramic tile flown in lunar orbit.