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    Apollo 11 flight plan page. Buzz Aldrin describes his moonwalk in the signed Letter of Certification.

    Apollo 11 Flown Flight Plan Page Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin, Certified and Signed. A 10.5" x 8" page numbered 3-87/3-88, three hole punched, from the "Flight Plan" "P/N #SKB32100080-350" and "S/N 1001" (a copy of the front cover of this book is included with the lot). Note that this is one of the few pages that cover the twenty-one+ hours Armstrong and Aldrin spent on the lunar surface. Excellent condition.

    Aldrin has certified this twice: on the 3-87 side, "Carried to the Moon on Apollo XI/ Buzz Aldrin"; on the 3-88 side, "This page was flown to the Moon/ aboard Apollo XI July 1969/ Buzz Aldrin".

    Included with this lot is a signed typed Letter of Certification on his personal letterhead in which Aldrin describes his moonwalk, in part: "Enclosed with this letter is a sheet numbered 3-87 and 3-88 from the Apollo 11 Flight Plan. This sheet is from the detailed timeline section and covers hour 121 to the beginning of hour 123 in the mission. Page 3-87 lists the last full hour of a rest period after Man's first landing on the lunar surface. Neil Armstrong and I had just complete the first steps upon the Moon's surface, spending about 2 hours outside our Lunar Module Eagle. We started the rest period at about 115 hours Ground Elapsed Time (GET). Needless to say, Neil and I had adrenaline surging through our bodies after these historic events and a sound sleep was difficult to achieve. Neil and I reflected on the events of the past few hours. At 10:56 pm, EDT on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first human to step upon another celestial body. He then stated the words that are now know by almost everyone living on the planet earth: 'That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for Mankind.' Some 19 minutes after Neil's first step, I started down Eagle's ladder and set foot upon the Moon. Not as well known as Neil's words but very appropriate, I spoke after stepping onto the surface: 'Magnificent Desolation.' The lunar surface was indeed desolate, but has a striking beauty all its own. Gray was the dominate color, but that tone would change 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 from a Ground Elapsed Time (GET) standpoint has significant events that occurred during the very short time that Neil and I were on the lunar surface. Page 3-88 lists the beginning of post sleep activities including the AGS (Abort Guidance Section) self test and initialization, P(rogram) 57 steps, and our breakfast eating period. After breakfast, we had less that 90 minutes to prepare to lift-off from the lunar surface using Eagle's Ascent Stage engine. This page has been in my private collection since 1969."


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