Picture of the Day: Apollo moon lander joystick

Lunar module hand controller

Lunar module hand controller

Fancy getting your hands on a rather special joystick? One that controlled a landing on the moon. We’re talking Apollo 15, circa 1971…

Jacob Aron takes up the story, on New Scientist:

 Want to try your hand at landing on the moon? This joystick is a good place to start. Astronaut Dave Scott used it to steer the Falcon lunar module to the moon’s surface during the Apollo 15 mission in 1971. Now it is up for sale as part of an aviation and space auction by Boston-based RR Auction.

Scott had to take manual control of Falcon when it veered almost a kilometre off course from the planned landing site on the moon. He piloted Falcon to a safe touchdown with the joystick, which was also used in the ascent back to orbit.

Bidding on the joystick starts at $10,000 – if you can’t stretch that far, a number of other Apollo-related items are for sale, including a glove worn by Buzz Aldrin in Apollo 11 and an electrical schematic of the lunar rover buggy.

Image: RR Auction

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