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    Set of Three Earth Orbit Charts Flown to the Moon on Apollo 11, Annotated and Signed by Buzz Aldrin. This amazing set of three sizeable orbit charts outline the first three revolutions around the Earth aboard the Apollo 11 spacecraft, the legendary first mission to land human beings on the lunar surface. Each of the charts measures 41.5" x 13.5", and illustrates the orbital trajectory of the Apollo 11 spacecraft before its journey to the Moon.

    All three "sheets" are labeled "Apollo Earth Orbit Chart (AEO) Apollo Mission 11...For July 1969 Launch Dates." Each map has been hand-annotated and signed in blue marker by Buzz Aldrin himself, who used these very maps on the historic Apollo 11 mission. Aldrin has written "Launch & 1st Revolution / Buzz Aldrin" on the right side of "Sheet 1 of 3, Contains Revolution 1." On "Sheet 2 of 3, Contains Revolution 2," Aldrin has written "2nd Revolution + / Trans Lunar Injection Maneuver / Buzz Aldrin." Lastly, on "Sheet 3 of 3, Contains Revolution 3," Aldrin notates "3rd Revolution - after / TLI and enroute to Moon / Buzz Aldrin."

    All three maps are in fine or better condition, with wear commensurate to their usage aboard the single most historic space mission in human history. They have remained rolled in the original auction storage tubes, and display minor wrinkling around the edges, some corner folds, and ever so slight toning to the paper, but are otherwise in remarkable condition. Sheet 2 has a Smithsonian inventory tag taped to the verso, but it is virtually unnoticeable from the front.

    These maps used on the Apollo 11 mission are truly unique space artifacts, which have not been available to the collecting public since being auctioned over 15 years ago at a West Coast auction company. The set of charts comes with a letter of authenticity signed by Buzz Aldrin referencing the auction lot number from the previous sale of the maps, the original auction catalog, as well as a collection of photocopies pertaining to the original purchase of the charts at the 1993 Superior Galleries sale. This set of Apollo 11-flown earth orbit charts, with unquestionable provenance from the Apollo 11 Lunar Module Pilot himself, virtually beg to be displayed on the home or office wall of the most discriminating space collector.


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    Auction Dates
    March, 2008
    25th Tuesday
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