Apollo 11 Flown MS68 NGC Silver Robbins Medallion Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission CapCom Charlie Duke, Seri...
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Included in this lot is a handwritten and signed Letter of Certification on Duke's letterhead stating, in full: "I hereby certify that Apollo 11 Silver Robbins Medal, Serial Number 189, was one that was flown to the moon aboard the historic mission that was the first to land on the moon on July 20, 1969.
"It was my honor to have worked on and supported that mission as CapCom in the mission control center in Houston. Many problems were encountered on the descent to landing including computer, low fuel, and communications. All these were overcome as Armstrong and Aldrin landed with only seconds of fuel remaining. After landing, Neil Armstrong transmitted his first words: 'Houston, Tranquility Base, the Eagle has landed.' I responded with great excitement: 'Roger, Tranquility Base, we copy you down. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue, we are breathing again. Thanks a lot'
"As a member of the Astronaut Office, I was permitted to purchase this flown medal. It has been in my possession and a part of my personal collection of space artifacts since receiving it shortly after the mission. [signed] Charles M. Duke, Jr./ Apollo 11 CapCom/ Apollo 16 Lunar Module Pilot"
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