It looks like a crude, do-it-yourself video game controller. And it’s pretty much useless as a functioning device.
Nonetheless, it sold for a staggering $610,064 at auction. That’s because the contraption is actually the joystick controller used by astronaut David Scott to land Apollo 15’s lunar module on the moon 43 years ago.
The sale is believed to be the highest price ever paid at a public auction for part of a NASA spacecraft.
The Apollo 15 joystick controller and the crewman optical alignment sight (COAS) from the same spacecraft were the top sellers. The COAS, which was used by Scott to make star sightings and to align the lunar module with the moon’s horizon, sold for $126,180.
“In many cases, items such as these were abandoned by the crew after use, or lost forever to history as disposable equipment when sent tumbling back to the lunar surface in the spent lunar module to be vaporized upon impact with the surface,” Bobby Livingston, executive vice president of RR Auction, said in a statement made prior to the sale.
This article is re-published from Trenderfly.com.