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DescriptionApollo 11 Flown Flight Plan Page 3-83 & 3-84, Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin, Signed and Certified, with Signed Extensive Letter of Authenticity. A 10.5" x 8" page numbered 3-83/3-84, three hole punched, from the mission's Flight Plan "P/N #SKB32100080-350" and "S/N 1001" (a copy of the front cover of this book is included with the lot). This page covers hours 116 to 118 of the mission. Aldrin has signed on the 3-83 side at top: "Carried to the Moon on Apollo XI Buzz Aldrin" and the same on the 3-84 side. An important relic from this historic flight. Excellent.
Aldrin describes the use and significance of this page in a signed LOA on his letterhead, reading as follows: "Enclosed with this letter is a sheet numbered 3-83 and 3-84 from the Apollo 11 Flight Plan, Part No. SKB32100080-350, S/N 1001. It is part of the entire document that was carried to the Moon in Command Module Columbia on the first lunar landing mission during July 16 to 24, 1969. This sheet is from the detailed timeline section and covers hour 116 to the beginning of hour 118 in the mission.
"Page 3-83 has the steps to perform after our lunar surface exploration period. The tasks listed on this page were originally scheduled to start at about 14 hours after Man's first landing on the lunar surface. Needless to say, Neil and I had an abundance of energy and adrenaline surging through our bodies after this historic event. Starting a scheduled 4 hour rest period followed by a meal period was the last thing on our minds. We received concurrence from Mission Control to start the EVA activities about 5 hours earlier than was written in the flight plan. Thus, we had actually completed our lunar EVA and were back inside the LM at 116 hours into the mission.
"However, we did follow the steps listed on 3-83, only about 3 hours ahead of schedule. The PLSS (Portable Life Support System) or 'back pack' donning and other activities took longer than planned, but at 109 hours and 24 minutes into the mission, Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the Moon. He then made one of the most famous quotes in all human history: 'That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for Mankind!' Some 19 minutes after Neil's first step, I descended the ladder and with words somewhat lost to history said: 'Magnificent Desolation.' We then began the tasks of the bulk sample collection, LM inspection, experiment deployment, and one of my most memorable moments - the placement of the United States flag on the lunar surface.
"I then climbed back into the LM and helped Neil transfer two Sample Return Containers (SRC) that contained the first lunar samples gathered by humans. Neil then returned to the LM and we closed the hatch to repressurized the LM cabin. We then performed the steps listed on page 3-83 which included depressurization the LM cabin once more to jettison equipment no longer needed. It was important to keep the LM weight as low as possible for liftoff in a few hours. We then were able to have a meal and rest period as listed on page 3-84.
"The lunar surface was indeed desolate, but had a striking beauty all its own. Gray was the dominate color, but that color changed in tone as I turned to various sun angles. Walking on the lunar surface was not difficult to get accustom to and I found the ballistic type trajectory of the surface dust kicked up by my boots fascinating to observe on this airless world. Walking and exploring on the Moon was something only eleven others experienced during the 20th century.
"This page has been in my private collection since 1969. I have written along the top of page 3-83 and along the bottom of page 3-84: 'Carried to the Moon on Apollo XI' and signed both sides. Additionally, a copy of the flight plan cover is enclosed."
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