Researchers don’t know these items’ exact locations, but they are scattered somewhere near where astronauts set up base 50-plus years ago.
Once the Apollo program ended, that didn’t stop us from making a landfill out of the Moon — or outer space in general.
Here are 10 of the weirdest things we’ve left on the Moon:
10. Golf balls
Ever heard of the Lunar Olympics? Astronauts snuck golf clubs to the Moon during Apollo 14 and took a few swings on the lunar surface. Once they finished, they left the balls behind.
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9. A javelin
Well, a makeshift javelin. Astronaut Ed Mitchell fashioned one from a research device in order to have something to throw during the Lunar Olympics.
8. Barf bags
Though the astronauts only discarded emptybarf bags, there is human poop still sitting on the Moon today — 96 bags of it.
7. Used wet wipes
Astronauts had to stay clean somehow. These moist face towels remain on the lunar surface along with other grooming materials like soap and a pair of nail clippers.
These must’ve been an important tool for astronauts since they left earplugs behind during three separate Apollo missions.
Cameras and other electronic equipment such as cables and antennas are still sitting on the Moon, collecting dust.
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4. A Bible
Apollo astronauts left behind a number of commemorative and symbolic items. There’s also money, a portrait of astronaut James Irwin, and a gold olive branch.
A few pairs of boots, or overshoes, that astronauts wore to walk on the Moon for the first time are still sitting on the lunar surface.
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Not the kind you’d use in the kitchen. Spring-loaded and up to 32 inches long, these tongs helped astronauts collect rocks on the Moon.
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In 2019, the Israeli Beresheet spacecraft crashed into the Moon with thousands of tardigrades on board. The creatures are known to weather extreme conditions — so there’s a chance they could still be alive.