What Personal Items Have Astronauts Left on the Moon?

Scientists estimate that a whopping 394,178 pounds (178,796 kg) of debris has been left on the Moon, including 73 lunar probes, rovers and satellites that either landed or crashed there. But one artifact, a 3.3-inch (8.5 cm) aluminum sculpture created by Belgian artist Paul Van Hoeydonck, was secretly left by the Apollo 15 crew in 1971 to commemorate 14 astronauts and cosmonauts who had lost their lives in space exploration.

A replica of the "Fallen Astronaut" statuette was given to the Smithsonian Institution on 17 April 1972, the day after CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite described the statuette and an accompanying plaque as the first art on the Moon.

A lunar landfill:

  • Van Hoeydonck said it was his understanding that he could sell up to 950 copies of the statuette, but NASA objected, citing their strict policy against exploitation of the space program.

  • Humans have left a wide variety of items on the Moon, including the golf balls hit by Alan Shepard during his Apollo 14 mission.

  • More than 100 items were discarded at the Apollo 11 landing site, including two pairs of space boots, empty food bags and containers, and, in NASA-speak, “defecation collection devices” and “urine collection assemblies.”

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More Info: Smithsonian Magazine

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So we already started littering another place in the solar system then.

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