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"First Lunar Landing as Told by The Astronauts" booklet on Apollo 11 Mission, signed by Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin

Category: Aviation
Item Number: 13611
Price: $4,800

Apollo 11

The 1969 space flight that landed the first humans on the moon. "The First Lunar Landing booklet," measuring 9x 12", 25 pages. Signed on the first page in blue felt tip by Neil Armstrong, in black felt tip by Michael Collins, and signed and inscribed in black felt tip "To Jack Good, with best wishes, Buzz Aldrin." On July 20, 1969, Armstrong became the first man to step onto the lunar surface. Armstrong spent about two and a half hours outside the spacecraft, Aldrin slightly less, and together they collected 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg) of lunar material for return to Earth. The third member of the mission, Michael Collins, piloted the command spacecraft alone in lunar orbit until Armstrong and Aldrin returned to it just under a day later for the trip back to Earth. Launched by a Saturn V rocket from Kennedy Space Center in Merritt Island, Florida, on July 16, Apollo 11 was the fifth manned mission of NASA's Apollo program, and only the second with an all-veteran crew. The Apollo spacecraft had three parts: a Command Module (CM) with a cabin for the three astronauts, and the only part that landed back on Earth; a Service Module (SM), which supported the Command Module with propulsion, electrical power, oxygen, and water; and a Lunar Module (LM) for landing on the Moon (which itself was composed of two parts). After being sent toward the Moon by the Saturn V's upper stage, the astronauts separated the spacecraft from it and traveled for three days until they entered into lunar orbit. Armstrong and Aldrin then moved into the Lunar Module and landed in the Sea of Tranquility. They stayed a total of about 21 1?2 hours on the lunar surface. After lifting off in the upper part of the Lunar Module and rejoining Collins in the Command Module, they returned to Earth and landed in the Pacific Ocean on July 24. Broadcast on live TV to a world-wide audience, Armstrong stepped onto the lunar surface and described the event as "one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind." Apollo 11 effectively ended the Space Race and fulfilled a national goal proposed in 1961 by the U.S. President John F. Kennedy in a speech before the U.S. Congress: "before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth." A rare and unique piece documenting this historic mission. Scattered creases and minor soiling mostly confined to the covers, and a pricing label affixed to the lower right corner of the front cover. In very good condition.

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