I read a few articles recently about the selling of the Apollo 11/Eagle star chart that took place in 2009. In the articles I read, there were quotes by Aldrin in which he indicated the star chart, this little hand held wheel device, was the most important tool in determining the position of the Eagle on the moon's surface.
Does anyone know if that in fact was the case? Did they use the chart as Aldrin claimed in quotes featured in the articles I read? Someone suggested he may not have used the thing at all and just pumped up its value for the sale by claiming the chart was important when in fact it was not. They got a little over $200,000 for the chart so that seems plausible, but then again you'd think the other astronauts might take exception to making claims like that to score cash.
I would have asked this directly on the other thread I started, but this seems a little tangential and wanted to keep within the forum's rule of staying on topic. Hence I started this thread specifically inquiring about this problem. I never knew they had a hand held chart in the LM until I read about this sale.