Last week the families of 10 former astronauts held the first-ever auction of U.S. space memorabilia at Christie's in New York City. The final bids for used Apollo and Gemini space junk were wildly extravagant but still pale next to the budget of the space program today. Perhaps NASA should have done some bargain hunting.
ITEM: A Neil Armstrong spacesuit (1) ESTIMATE: $60,000 to $80,000 WENT FOR: $110,185 COMPARE WITH: Spacesuit for astronaut today @ $10 million (2)
ITEM: Gemini spacesuit gloves (3) ESTIMATE: $5,000 to $7,000 WENT FOR: $18,400 COMPARE WITH: Shuttle astronaut gloves @ $45,000
ITEM: Deke Slayton's Omega...