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After secret moon journey causes a NASA scandal, Apollo 15 letter goes up for auction02:18

After secret moon journey causes a NASA scandal, Apollo 15 letter goes up for auction

Germany, Stuttgart
March 22, 2019 at 12:52 GMT +00:00 · Published

With a starting price of 22,000 euros ($24,860), one of the renowned Apollo 15 ‘moon letters’ went under the hammer in Stuttgart on Friday.

After a secret trip to space in 1971, the letters triggered a minor scandal within the US space agency NASA. Astronauts of the "Apollo 15" mission had took them to the moon and back to Earth without permission, with plans to sell them for a high price.

"The astronauts were forbidden to fly anymore or go for the mission after the scandal. And, we have the No. 5 of the 100 letters in the house," the auction owner Ferdinand Eppli said.

In total, approximately 400 were carried into space and brought onto the Moon's surface. The Astronauts, upon discovery by NASA, returned any money they received as part of the exchange.

After secret moon journey causes a NASA scandal, Apollo 15 letter goes up for auction02:18
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With a starting price of 22,000 euros ($24,860), one of the renowned Apollo 15 ‘moon letters’ went under the hammer in Stuttgart on Friday.

After a secret trip to space in 1971, the letters triggered a minor scandal within the US space agency NASA. Astronauts of the "Apollo 15" mission had took them to the moon and back to Earth without permission, with plans to sell them for a high price.

"The astronauts were forbidden to fly anymore or go for the mission after the scandal. And, we have the No. 5 of the 100 letters in the house," the auction owner Ferdinand Eppli said.

In total, approximately 400 were carried into space and brought onto the Moon's surface. The Astronauts, upon discovery by NASA, returned any money they received as part of the exchange.

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