July 22, 2018

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Neil Armstrong's personal collection of moon landing artefacts up for sale

Neil Armstrong's personal collection of moon landing artefacts up for saleThe vast personal collection of Neil Armstrong, the first person to set foot on the Moon, is to go under the hammer later this year. Armstrong, whose proclamation that he had taken “one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind” became one of the of the most iconic phrases of the 20th century, died in Ohio in 2012, aged 82. The auction will include an astonishing array of artefacts from the lunar landing which took place on July 20 1969. Lots include correspondence relating to the Apollo 11 mission, laying out the planning and even discussions with the Nasa press office as to what astronauts should say when they set foot on the moon. Apollo 11 Robbins Medallion  Credit: Heritage Auctions Featured in the auction are items which were taken to the moon including a series of flags - representing not only the US but also the United Nations and a number of individual American states. Also on sale are the sterling silver Apollo 11 medallions - and a rare gold one - struck by the Robbins Company of Attleboro, Massachusetts, and paid for by the astronauts themselves. Other items include parts of the wing and propeller from the Wright Brothers Flyer, the plane used in the first-ever manned flight in 1903, which Armstrong took with him on the mission. There are also some personal items. They include a silk flag commemorating the 1969 centennial of Purdue University, Armstrong’s alma mater, which was taken on the mission. Armstrong’s Boy scout cap - he became an Eagle Scout when he was 17 - is also among the lots. Neil Armstrong Credit: NASA/AP In all more than 2,000 items are being included in a series of sales conducted by Dallas-based Heritage Auctions starting on November 1. “There will be flown items, autographed items and items of historical significance,” his son Mark said. “There will be items that make you think, items that make you laugh and items that make you scratch your head.” Mark Armstrong and his brother Rick had taken on the task of conserving and honouring their father’s legacy. “He was never about himself, so I would expect that he didn’t give much thought about how he would be remembered,” Rick added.  “With that being said, I think he would be pleased to be remembered as being part of a programme that demonstrated amazing things can be achieved when people come together to dedicate themselves towards a common goal.”


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Two democratic socialists rally voters in deep-red Kansas

Two democratic socialists rally voters in deep-red KansasKANSAS CITY, Kansas (AP) — The new face of an emerging democratic socialist movement joined its patriarch in the most unlikely place Friday, calling on Kansans unhappy with the direction of the country to get off the sidelines in a pivotal Republican-held congressional district.


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Tornado stuns Iowa town but residents say they'll rebuild

Tornado stuns Iowa town but residents say they'll rebuildMARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — With the scope of the devastation still sinking in, business owners and residents of the central Iowa city of Marshalltown on Friday began picking up bricks from collapsed buildings, dragging away downed trees and trying to return to the lives they knew before a powerful tornado roared through their community.


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Missouri boat accident kills 17, including nine from one family

Missouri boat accident kills 17, including nine from one familyBy Brendan O'Brien and Andrew Hay (Reuters) - Nine members of the same family were among 17 people killed when a "duck boat" sank during a storm on Thursday on a Missouri lake in one of the deadliest U.S. tourist tragedies in years. The World War Two-style amphibious vehicle was carrying 31 passengers including children when the sudden "microburst" storm hit Table Rock Lake outside Branson, with waves slowly swamping the vehicle before it sank. More than three dozen people have died in incidents involving duck boats on land and water in the United States over the past two decades.


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The three generations of one family killed in US 'duck boat' tragedy

The three generations of one family killed in US 'duck boat' tragedyA survivor of the duck boat tragedy in Missouri has described the pain of losing her children and her husband in a disaster that claimed the lives of nine members of her family. In all, 17 bodies have been recovered after the tourist vessel capsized and sank in stormy weather on Table Rock Lake. Relatives said the family were on holiday, a chance for three generations to spend time together, while Tia Coleman told Indianapolis television station WXIN that she and a nephew were the only survivors among 11 relatives aboard the boat. “I lost all of my children,” she said. “I lost my husband. I lost my mother-in-law and my father-in-law. I lost my uncle. I lost my sister-in-law… she was my sister. And I lost my nephew. Our hearts are heavy tonight. Nine members of the Coleman family, including several children, lost their lives in the duck boat accident in Branson, Missouri. They are from Indiana. pic.twitter.com/qRiQCnzTGz— Kelly Reinke (@KellyReinkeTV) July 20, 2018 “I’m okay, but this is really hard.” She also claimed passengers were told, “don't worry about grabbing life jackets - you won't need them” - a phrase that she believes may have cost lives. Although duck boats are required to carry life jackets, an investigation into a 1999 tragedy, when seven victims were found trapped inside the vessel, found that buoyancy aides "forced them into the overhead canopy which acted like a net to entrap them". Rescue personnel at work after the amphibious vessel sank Credit: Southern Stone County Fire Protection District/Reuters Tragically, a witness said the nine Indiana family members were only put on the ill-fated boat because of a ticket mix-up. Tracy Beck  said she  and her family were waiting in line for another boat when the  other  family  had a  group p hotograph  taken by the tour company. The ticket taker realised the Coleman family should have boarded at a different location, she said, and issued them new tickets before they boarded the boat that later sank as a storm closed in. Relatives told the IndyStar that four children under the age of 10 were among the dead. People pray outside Ride the Ducks facility in Branson, Missouri Credit: Charlie Riedel/AP Ingrid Coleman Douglas   said she had lost her  her two uncles, aunt, cousins and their children. “ They were very loved,” she said. She named them as  her uncles Horace "Butch" Coleman and Irving Raymond Coleman; her aunt, Belinda Coleman; cousins, Angela Coleman and Glenn Coleman; Angela's two-year-old son Maxwell; Glenn's two sons Evan and Reece; and his one-year-old daughter, Arya. She added that they often spent holidays together.


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