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Buzz Aldrin's Apollo 11 Slide Rule - Flown to the Moon. ...

2007 September Grand Format Air & Space Auction #669

 
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Buzz Aldrin's Apollo 11 Slide Rule - Flown to the Moon. A Pickett Model N600-ES (Eye Saver) Log Log Speed Rule, a six-inch pocket rule with 22 five-inch scales. Most of today's cell phones have much more computing power than the Apollo 11 mission carried on board. Though they seem archaic to many of this present generation, the slide rule was (and is) a powerful computational tool and would certainly come in very handy on a space flight in the event of a computer malfunction. The rule offered here was flown to the moon aboard Apollo 11 by Dr. Aldrin. The Pickett Company, founded in 1943, was proud of the fact that NASA selected this slide rule model of theirs to fly on five of the Apollo missions; they used that fact in their advertising of the period. Research shows that the N600-ES would have sold for $10.95 at retail in 1969 (one wonders what NASA paid). Very fine condition. From the personal collection of Dr. Buzz Aldrin and accompanied by a signed Letter of Authenticity from him.

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