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    [Buzz Aldrin] Typed Letter Signed by Wernher von Braun. One page, Quarto, on Fairchild Industries letterhead, Germantown, MD, May 6, 1975. Friendly, personal letter to Buzz Aldrin offering technical information about space flight for use in the book Aldrin is writing. In part: "Enclosed find Xerox copies of pages 204 through 210 of my book 'Space Frontier' which deal with the problems of space flight at relativistic velocities. I hope these pages will be useful for your novel... Our diving trip was great fun. Hope we can go for another diving expedition together in the not-too-distant future." Large, bold felt-tip pen signature at lower right; ink secretarial notations at upper right. Letter bears a few light creases and occasional faint stains.

    Affixed to Von Braun's letter is a carbon flimsy recording Aldrin's May 22 reply. In part: "It is with great pleasure that I received your 'missile' in the mail... I am certain...'Space Frontier' will be extremely usefull [sic] in preparation for my shot at being a novelist. I too enjoyed the diving expedition in St. Thomas and will be looking forward to more Sea Space Symposium adventures together in the future." Aldrin co-wrote two science fiction thrillers - Encounter with Tiber (1996) and The Return (2000).

    The Sea Space Symposium was established in 1970 by twelve prominent figures in government, industry, academia, and space exploration, and is dedicated to advancing scientific and technological developments related to sea and space. The group uses "scuba diving as a recreational activity for its action-oriented members to provide a personal involvement and understanding of the sea. The combination of technical interchange and underwater experiences offer a stimulating intellectual environment."


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