“Contact light, OK, engine stop.”
“We copy you down, Eagle.”
“Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.”
Those words were exchanged on July 20, 1969 as the lunar module touched down on the Moon, beginning the little jaunt on the Moon known as Apollo 11. They were spoken into and received via this headset, worn by capcom Charlie Duke in Houston’s mission control. Well, they were also transmitted over millions of televisions and perhaps billions of radios, albeit at a remove.
Bidding for the headset starts at $500; the auction opens on January 13.
Now that's something worth owning, too bad this going to go well beyond what I could afford.