NASA puts Armstrong’s heartbeat up for auction.
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Electrocardiograms (EKGs) aren’t normally worth much more than the paper they are printed on. But it’s a different story when the EKG is a record of astronaut Neil Armstrong’s heartbeat at the moment of his historic first step on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969–a first for mankind. The last time this famous piece of moon memorabilia was sold at auction it fetched $12,500.
On May 16, a New Hampshire auction house will start accepting bids on the EKG strip, just six inches long, that was generated at mission control at the exact moment of Armstrong’s “giant step for mankind” onto the moon’s surface. According to his heart monitor, he was remarkably calm.