Roosa, one of only 24 men to have travelled on a lunar expedition, was part of the Apollo 14 mission crew in 1971, and before lift-off he received a cassette of specially-recorded songs performed by his favourite rock star.

After the successful mission and his return to Earth, Roosa wrote a 'thank you' note to the Great Balls of Fire hitmaker, which now hangs proudly in Lee Lewis' home in Nesbit, Mississippi.

The letter reads: "Dear Mr. Lewis, Our most heartfelt thank you for the tremendous tape you cut for me to take on Apollo 14. I can't really describe how much it meant to me to have your music on board when we were 240,000 miles from home and the Earth had shrunk to a tiny ball."