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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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