The Apollo astronauts took tremendous risks and saw remarkable things when they went to the moon, but since they were mostly paid as military pilots, the experience made few of them wealthy. That is part of the reason why, over the years, some of them sold off the souvenirs they collected on their adventures.

One item now coming up for auction is billed as the first ever “lunar Bible” — a little square sheet of microfilm, just an inch and a half on a side, carried to the lunar surface by astronaut Edgar Mitchell on Apollo 14 in February 1971.

The auction begins online Sept. 15, and the minimum bid is $5,000. There are 831 other items being offered by RR Auction of Amherst, N.H., but Bobby Livingston, who’s running it, says he’s especially fond of the tiny Bible.

“There are a lot of people all over the world who just love the space program,” said Livingston. “Baby boomers like me, and many others.”

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