Forgotten Artifacts From The Moon Landing Discovered In Neil Armstrong's Closet (30 Pics)

It's hard to believe, but these rare items from Apollo 11's moon landing mission have been stored away in Neil Armstrong's closet for over 45 years.

Here's Neil Armstrong shortly after his historic walk on the moon in 1969.
Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon and though nothing could recreate that momentous event for him, the famed astronaut was able to take a few mementos.

Upon his death in 2012, Armstrong's wife Carol discovered a Temporary Stowage Bag (aka a 'McDivitt Purse') in his closet.

Inside were a number of rare, space/Apollo 11-related artifacts, which have now been loaned to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

Utility Lights with Power Cables

Crewman Optical Alignment Sight (COAS)

Filter (Snap-on for COAS)

Light Bulb Assembly (Spare for COAS)

Waist Tether (EVA)

Helmet Tie Down Strap

Utility Bracket Assembly (aka Utility Clamp)

Data Acquisition Camera (DAC -16mm movie)

Right-Angle Bracket Adapter (for DAC)

10-mm lens (for DAC)

Lens Shade (Teflon; for 10mm lens on DAC)

Eyeguard Assembly (for AOT)

Power Cable for DAC

Mirror (Metal)

Emergency Wrench

Waste Management Cover