If you have a few thousand dollars to blow, now is your shot at owning some of the least-inspiring artifacts from the history of space exploration — from decades-old “space roast” to pornography snuck aboard the Apollo 12 mission. Via AFP:
A freeze-dried beef pot roast, the business card of the first man to walk on the moon, and a Playboy calendar that rode to space in 1969 are among a mishmash of old space items on US auction this week.
While space enthusiasts will not find the highly coveted items that NASA keeps under lock and key, like spacesuits, many of the offers have a connection to the space program that shows an unusual side of the collectors’ passion.
For instance, the muddy brown block of space roast, complete with plastic bag and nozzle for injecting hot water.
There is also a cube of strawberry cereal marked “Space Food” for the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions, the first three to bring humans into space orbit and eventually, with Apollo 11, to the moon.
Starting bids for the food specimens were 100 dollars. Bidding was already up to over 600 dollars early Friday for moonwalker astronaut Neil Armstrong’s business card.
And the Playboy calendar photo of a topless blonde holding a pool cue that was snuck aboard the Apollo 12 mission and bears the date of November 1969 swiftly shot up to more than 3,100 dollars, triple its opening bid.