Buzz Aldrin's Notes Sell for Nearly $180,000

Buzz Aldrin's Notes Sell for Nearly $180,000
Shown is a handwritten card containing a Bible verse that Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin planned to broadcast back to Earth during a lunar Holy Communion service and is among items offered in a space-related auction in Dallas, Texas, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007. (Image credit: AP Photo/LM Otero)

DALLAS (AP) – Buzz Aldrin's handwritten card with a Bibleverse that the Apollo 11 astronaut planned to broadcast from the moon fetchednearly $180,000 at an auction of space memorabilia.

The index card-sized note, which Aldrin never read publiclybecause of legal challenges NASA faced from famed atheist Madalyn MurrayO'Hair, was part of nearly $1.2 million in items sold this week by Heritage AuctionGalleries.

Aldrin, thesecond man to walk on the moon, never broadcast the New Testament verse. But heread other notes on the card in which he asked for a moment of silence and forlisteners to "contemplate for a moment the events of the past few hoursand to give thanks in his own individual way."

The card sold for $179,250 in the auction that endedThursday. It was from the personal collection of Aldrin, 77.

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