Flown checklist page carried on board Apollo 11, labeled “MCC Burn Chart,” page 3-108a, 10.5 x 8, removed from the Apollo 11 Flight Plan, signed and flight-certified in blue ballpoint, “Carried to the Moon on Apollo XI, Buzz Aldrin,” and signed below in blue ballpoint, “Michael Collins.” In fine condition. Accompanied by a signed letter of provenance from Aldrin, in part: “Sheet numbered 3-108a…is part of the entire document that was carried to the Moon in Command Module Columbia on the first lunar landing mission…This sheet is from the detailed timeline section and was located at the beginning of hour 150 in the mission. Page 3-108a has a grid of terms and values associated with the MCC5 or Mid Course Correction engine burn number 5…MCC5 was about an eleven second burn using Columbia’s Reaction Control System thrusters. We fired those engines at 150 hours and 29 minutes into the mission. It was a retrograde maneuver that changed our velocity by some 4.8 feet per second. We did this burn for entry corridor control, which fine-tuned our flight path angle at entry into the earth’s atmosphere.” Accompanied by a printed excerpt from Michael Collins’s book Carrying the Fire referring to the MCC5 burn, a certificate of authenticity for the Collins autograph from Novaspace, and a photocopy of the cover of the flight plan. A fabulous piece from the personal collection of the Lunar Module Pilot that represents a mission-critical maneuver in the successful return of the Apollo 11 astronauts from their intrepid voyage to the lunar surface. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli
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Color satin-finish 20 x 16 photo of the first footprint on the moon, signed in blue felt tip, “First lunar landing foot print, Buzz Aldrin, Apollo XI, July 20, 1969.” In very fine condition. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.
Ink signatures, “Neil Armstrong,” and “Buzz Aldrin,” on a 10.25 x 7.5 off-white acid-free sheet. In very fine condition. Consignor indicates that the signatures were obtained at the NASA Glenn Research Center on July 13, 1989, a week before the 20th anniversary of their mission. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.
Original flown printed flight plan page carried on board Apollo 11, one page both sides, identified as pages 3-89 and 3-90, 10.5 x 8, signed and flight-certified along the bottom of page 3-90 in blue ballpoint, “This page was flown to the Moon aboard Apollo XI, July 1969, Buzz Aldrin.” The page came from the detailed timeline section of the Apollo 11 Final Flight Plan manual carried into lunar orbit on the CM Columbia and outlines hours 123 through 125, covering the launch preparations and actual liftoff of Lunar Module Eagle from the lunar surface. Especially interesting are diagrams in the right column, which depict the Eagle lifting off from the lunar surface and the Command Service Module orbiting the moon as the two prepare for rendezvous and return to Earth. In very fine condition. Includes a letter of provenance signed by Aldrin, one page, 8.5 x 11, personal Apollo 11 letterhead, February 24, 2004, stating that the page “is part of the entire document that was carried to the Moon in Command Module Columbia during the first lunar landing mission…Neil Armstrong and I depended on successful firing of the LM’s ascent stage engine, otherwise we would have been stranded on the lunar surface. Mike Collins had no rescue capability with Columbia if we did not lift-off from ‘Tranquility Base.’ The flight plan was probably the single most important document related to the success of our mission. It provided a time schedule of crew activities and spacecraft maneuvers to accomplish the first lunar landing. This page has been in my private collection since 1969.” One of very few to outline scheduled actions during lunar surface activities, this is doubtlessly one of the most important and desirable pages from the Apollo 11 Final Flight Plan. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.
Apollo-era Constant Wear Garment, manufactured in 1968, issued to Buzz Aldrin for use during the Apollo 11 training and mission. White cotton one-piece garment has a Beta cloth name tag sewn on the left breast and reads, “E. Aldrin,” and a manufacturer’s label sewn into the collar which reads, “Constant Wear Garment; P/N SEB 13100061-208 [model number consistent on every Apollo 11 crew members CWG]; Size MR S/N 1228 [individual serial number for this specific garment]; Date August 1968; Contract No. NAS 9-7721; Contractor Atlas Underwear Corp.” Garment has multiple openings and attachments at midriff to integrate the bioinstrumentation harness which each crew member wore.
The Constant Wear Garment (CGW) was designed to be worn under the inflight Coveralls (ICG) as well as the A7L Spacesuit Pressure Garment Assembly (as part of the complete spacesuit system). This garment served multiple functions during flight including providing the crew member with warmth, in addition to absorption and transportation of sweat. The specification/part number which bears the stamped out “-005” and the re-stamped “208” reflects a modification of the original garment to the ‘as flown’ configuration, this modification was likely done near the time of issue. Apollo 11 CM Pilot Michael Collin’s flown constant wear garment is part of the National Air and Space Museum Collection and was on display there for many years; it is now viewable online. Though this Aldrin garment would not have actually been flown, it is essentially a duplicate of the variant that was, combined with the fact it was issued to Apollo 11 crew member Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, only enhances its desirability. RR Auction COA.
Signed book: Magnificent Desolation. Limited edition of 500 copies (This being No. 221). Reno, Nevada: Jack Bacon and Company, 2009. Hardcover, 8.25 x 8.25. Signed on an opening page in blue felt tip. In very fine condition. An extraordinary collection of more than 50 photographs from the historic Apollo 11 mission; this volume is privately printed and differs from Aldrin’s similarly titled autobiography. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.