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Complete set of Apollo 11 ‘white space suit’ lithos Signed

Scarce complete set of three official color 8 x 10 NASA lithographs of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins pictured individually in their white space suits, each signed in black felt tip by the astronaut pictured, with the Aldrin lithograph inscribed in another hand, “To Tommy, Best Wishes.” In overall fine condition, with a paperclip impression and creases to one corner tip of the Armstrong lithograph. Uninscribed Armstrong lithographs are highly sought after, particularly those boasting such strong signatures, and these classic portraits are infrequently offered as a full set. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on November 29, 2014 in Apollo 11

 

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Gene Kranz’s Apollo 11 Flight Book

Extremely important Apollo 11 console-used manuals, graphs, and procedures utilized by Flight Director Gene Kranz while at his console in Mission Control throughout the landmark mission, as (according to Kranz), “a primary resource for coordinating that mission and associated activities both during the flight or while Armstrong and Aldrin were on the lunar surface.” First is a 3.25″ thick three-ring binder with an LM-5 decal affixed to the front cover and a label along the binding which reads, “Flight Book, Apollo 11. G. F. Kranz.” Manual is separated by 16 labeled tabs for various portions of the mission or spacecraft. Included in the manual are copies of various memos, charts, graphs, and other related material, many notated by Kranz. Included in the binder are: complete Apollo Mission Techniques Mission G Lunar Descent techniques description manual; LM Undocking Procedures; a copy of a memo sent on June 6, 1969, by Kranz to 11 recipients, including Neil Armstrong and Charlie Duke, notated by Kranz; a copy of the revised Apollo 11 mission control shift schedule; charts of Go-No Go criteria for the Command and Lunar Modules; and various charts and graphs relating to abort data. Of particular interest is a handwritten “Abort Checklist,” listing six steps, which include: “4. CSM Rescue Status & Advisory 5. Abort Problem—Further effect.” Lower portion is headed, “Cutoff,” listing six steps which include: “1. Safe Orbit…3. Rdz Duration—3 1/2 / 5 1/2 / other 4. Status check-all 5. Consummables vs Rdz Duration.” Also included in the binder is an incredibly detailed flow chart titled, “Abort Sequence Logic,” hand-drawn in pencil by Kranz.

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Posted by on November 17, 2014 in Apollo 11

 

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Apollo 11 Signed Apollo 11 ‘Type 1’ insurance cover

Signed Apollo 11 ‘Type 1’ insurance cover, 6.5 x 3.5, with a printed color cachet of the moon landing and a July 20, 1969, Houston, Texas, cancellation, signed in blue felt tip by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, and in black felt tip by Michael Collins. Cover is also signed on the reverse, “This cover, from my personal collection, is for Howard Weinberger. Michael Collins, September 14, 2012.” In very fine condition. The famous insurance covers, produced immediately prior to space missions in order to provide financial security for astronauts’ families in case of disaster, have earned near-legendary status as the ultimate space-related philatelic item. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on November 13, 2014 in Apollo 11

 

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Apollo 11 and Richard Nixon Signed Photo

Rare and extraordinary glossy 7.75 x 9.75 photo of the famous lunar plaque left behind on the moon’s surface, reading, “Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon / July 1969 A. D. / We came in peace for all mankind,” signed in black felt tip by Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins, and Richard Nixon. In fine condition, with an unobtrusive irregular surface spot at the top edge. An amazing piece with the rarely seen combination of the full Apollo 11 crew as well as the president of the United States, and one of the most iconic images of the Apollo era. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on November 11, 2014 in Apollo 11

 

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Historic flown sterling silver Apollo 11 Robbins Medal

Historic flown sterling silver Apollo 11 Robbins Medal, approximately 1.25″ diameter, with a raised early design on the face of the iconic Apollo 11 mission insignia, with the eagle carrying the olive branch in its beak. The reverse of the sterling silver medal is engraved with the last names of astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins, along with the July 16, 1969, launch date; July 20, 1969, moon landing date; and July 24, 1969, return date. This medal is serial numbered “283.” Condition is mint state. Encapsulated in a plastic NGC holder [official grading and images of Robbins medal in holder available online at RRAuction.com]. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from Carpenter’s wife Patricia, in part: “This is to certify that the accompanying Apollo 11 Robbins Medallion, bearing Serial Number 283 was flown to the Moon aboard the Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia…This medallion was given to my husband, Mercury Astronaut Scott Carpenter in 1969 following the successful completion of that mission…This piece of manned space program history has remained a treasured part of our family’s space collection until being offered for sale in 2014, some 46 years after it’s historic voyage to the Moon and back.” RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on November 10, 2014 in Apollo 11

 

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Apollo 11 Lunar Surface Operations Plan

Scarce official NASA printed Apollo 11 Lunar Operations Plan, dated June 27, 1969, 8 x 10.5, staple-bound, signed on the front cover in black felt tip by Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. The plan provides a minute-by-minute plan for the time astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were to spend on the lunar surface. Currently housed in a custom-designed museum-quality OP-3 UV-filtering Acrylite acrylic display. In fine condition, with a few creases and blacked out address stamp on the front cover. As even unsigned Lunar Operations manuals are highly sought after, with one selling for over $6000, this signed example is a magnificent piece of Apollo 11 history—one page provides instructions for Armstrong to set foot on the moon, “Descend to footpad…Step to Surface.” Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on May 19, 2014 in Apollo 11

 

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Apollo 11 and Apollo 8 crews sign off on an important Atlas rocket briefing

DS, two pages, 8.5 x 11, March 27, 1968. A printed “Agenda for Astronaut Briefing on S-II Stage,” signed in various inks on the first page by Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, Buzz Aldrin, James Lovell, Frank Borman, Bill Anders, and Jerry Carr. Each astronaut’s signature has been identified in another hand; the second page also bears several descriptive notations, evidently made at the time of the briefing. Light soiling and handling wear (including staple holes), creases to lower right blank area, and slightly irregular ink flow to Anders’s signature, otherwise fine condition. On this day, the astronauts were briefed on the status of the S-II, the second stage of the Saturn V rocket built by North American Aviation. The topics included the emergency detection system, structures and insulation, propulsion and mechanical systems, as well as instrumentation and electrical systems. Among those in attendance—the complete crews of Apollo 8 and Apollo 11—was Neil Armstrong. Each astronaut would eventually rely on the S-II, which used liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen, to propel them through the upper atmosphere. Based on the date of this document, this agenda specifically referred to S-II-2, which carried cameras to record first stage separation and identify any potential problems, with enhanced versions of the same system used throughout Apollo. The dangers of space flight and aviation were brought home to the astronauts on the same date as this document, as it was the same day cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was killed in a training accident. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on April 3, 2014 in Apollo 11, apollo 8

 

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RR Auction Apollo 11 Crew-signed Air Force One log book

Fantastic one-of-a-kind leatherbound hardcover log book from Air Force One, 12 x 9, signed on an inside page in black felt tip by the Apollo 11 crew and their wives upon their arrival in New York city for their ticker tape parade as they kicked off their around-the-world good will tour. Each member has signed on an individual line, and included their address, the date, and a remark about the flight. Signatures are as follows: “Neil Armstrong, Seabrook, Texas, 8/13/69, A magnificent cross country experience”; “Michael Collins, Houston, Texas, 8/13/69, Superb!”; “Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr., Houston, Texas, 8/13/69, Enjoyed every moment of the flt”; “Jan Armstrong, Seabrook, 8/13/69, It’s the only way to fly!”; “Patricia Collins, Houston, 8/13/69, Wonderful trip. Thank you”; and “Joan Aldrin, Houston, 8/13/69, So very many thanks.” Page is also signed by NASA official Tom Paine, who accompanied the crew. Book is also signed by 77 others, including Lyndon Johnson, other politicians and dignitaries, and a 28-person contingent of family, friends, and NASA and White House staff of the Apollo 13 mission, who were flown by Nixon to Honolulu to be reunited with the crew. Signers in this group include Mrs. James Lovell, Mrs. Fred Haise, Jack Swigert’s parents, Frank Borman, and Michael Collins, as well as press members, Secret Service, and a doctor to accompany Mrs. Haise, who was pregnant at the time. In very fine condition.

The Apollo 11 crew and their wives boarded Air Force One after the astronauts spent 21 days in quarantine aboard the USS Hornet and at the Lunar Receiving Laboratory, beginning a whirlwind good will tour around the world. Their first stop of the day would be in Chicago, then on to New York City where an estimated 300 tons of paper rained down on the crew as they paraded through the ‘Canyon of Heroes’. Nixon loaned the crew Air Force One for their trip, dubbed the ‘Giant Leap’ tour. A truly spectacular item, representing some of the earliest signatures of Armstrong and Aldrin after their historic moonwalks, as well as an impressive representation of Nixon’s recognition of the importance of these Apollo missions. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on July 26, 2013 in Apollo 11

 

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RR Auction Apollo 11 ‘Type 2’ Insurance Cover

RR Auction Apollo 11

RR Auction Apollo 11

Apollo 11 ‘Type 2’ insurance cover, 6.5 x 3.5, honoring of the three crew members and the first step on the moon, bearing a July 16, 1969, Kennedy Space Center cancellation, signed in blue felt tip by Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins. In fine condition. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.

 

 

 

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Posted by on November 22, 2012 in Apollo 11

 

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RR Auctions Apollo 11 Flight Director Gene Kranz Earth Orbit Map

RR Auctions Apollo 11 Gene Kranz Earth orbit map

Color Apollo 11 Earth orbit map, used by Gene Kranz in his role as Flight Director of the Apollo 11 mission. Color map measures 41 x 13.5 and is titled in the lower border, “Apollo Earth Orbit Chart (AEO), Apollo Mission 11, Sheet 3 of 3, Contains Revolution 3.” Chart is signed in the center in black felt tip, “These are the orbital maps we used for injecting the Apollo missions on their lunar trajectory. Gene Kranz ‘Flight.’” Rolled and in fine condition. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Farthest Reaches and a photo of Kranz holding the map after signing. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on November 19, 2012 in Apollo 11

 

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