Dave Scott's Apollo 15 rotational hand controller sold for over $610K
Astronaut's Dave Scott's rotational hand controller that took a ride aboard the Apollo 15's Lunar Module Falcon was recently sold for 610,063 dollars at an auction.
The astronaut had maneuvered the spring-loaded joystick to land on the moon during Apollo 15, which was sold to an unnamed online bidder in RR Auction's ongoing 7th Space and Aviation Autograph and Artifact Auction, CNET reported.
The hand controller, which measures 4 inches by 10.5 inches by 7 inches, sat on the left side of the Lunar Module Falcon's cabin interior and commander Scott used it to safely bring the module down to the right spot on the moon's surface in 1971, and also used it for the trip back to Earth.
Additional items from Scott's personal collection have sold in the auction, including another piece of precision lunar module equipment that sold for 126,179 dollars and a silver Apollo 11 Robbins Medal engraved with the last names of astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins for 38,069 dollars.
(Posted on 25-05-2014)