"Carried to the Moon on Apollo XI"Apollo 11 Flown Flight Plan Page with Annotations by Michael Collins Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin, Signed and Certified, with Signed LOA. A 10.5" x 8" page numbered 3-122/3-123, 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 174 through 178 of the mission. Aldrin has signed on the 3-123 side, "Carried to the Moon on Apollo XI/ Buzz Aldrin". During the flight, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins made notations on the 3-123 side. Excellent condition.
Included with this lot is a signed Letter of Authenticity on Aldrin's personal letterhead. We transcribe it in full because of its truly historical review of mission events, as follows:
"Enclosed with this letter is a sheet numbered 3-122 and 3-123 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 from hour 174 to the beginning of hour 178 in the mission.
"Page 3-122 shows that we were in PTC or Passive Thermal Control mode. This was simply Columbia rotating along the front to rear axis to allow an even distribution of heat from the sun. Starting at 175 hours into the flight, we had our scheduled midday meal.
"Page 3-123 has the attitude and antenna angles that Mission Control radioed us about 1/2 hour before our last scheduled television transmission of the flight. Mike Collins logged the values of: "R 012, P 270, Y 000" which were the Roll, Pitch, and Yaw angles to place Columbia in the proper attitude. This allowed us to view the Earth out our number 1 window and the Moon out our number 5 window. Mike also logged: "HGA P +14, Y 263" which were the Pitch and Yaw angles for our High Gain Antenna.
"Commander Neil Armstrong began our TV broadcast with a welcome to all viewers and a reference of how author Jules Verne wrote about a voyage to the Moon and the similarities to our actual flight. Neil then introduced Mike Collins who stressed that this flight might have look simple or easy, but indeed it was not. He noted the complicated machinery required including the Saturn V launch vehicle, our spacecraft, and rocket engines. He gave tribute to the thousands of American workers that made this all possible. Only through their "blood, sweat, and tears" did we accomplish our mission.
"I then had the opportunity to address viewers around the world. I talked about the more symbolic aspects of the flight and how onboard we had the conclusion that this has been far more than three men on a voyage to the Moon. More still, than the efforts of a government and industry team. More even than the efforts of one nation. We feel that this stands as a symbol of the insatiable curiosity of all mankind to explore the unknown. Neil's statement the other day upon first setting foot on the surface of the Moon - "This is a small step for a man, but a great leap for mankind" - / believe sums up these feelings very nicely. We accepted the challenge of going to the Moon, the acceptance of this challenge was inevitable. The relative ease with which we carried out our mission, I believe, is a tribute to the timeliness of that acceptance. Today, I feel we're fully capable of accepting expanded roles in the exploration of space. In retrospect, we have all been particularly pleased with the call signs that we very laboriously chose for our spacecraft, "Columbia" and "Eagle." We've been particularly pleased with the emblem of our flight, depicting the U.S. eagle bringing the universal symbol of peace from the Earth, from the planet Earth to the Moon, that symbol being the olive branch. It was our overall crew choice to deposit a replica of this symbol on the Moon.
"I ended my part of the television transmission with this final comment: Personally, in reflecting on the events of the past several days, a verse from Psalms comes to mind to me. "When I consider the heavens, the work of Thy fingers, the moon and the stars which Thou hast ordained, what is Man that Thou art mindful of him."
"I collected my thoughts before the broadcast and made some extensive hand-written notes on a blank sheet from one of our checklists. I wrote my initial thoughts in pencil along the left side of the card and reviewed them extensively. After changing and refining the language, I wrote shorten cues in black ink on the left side of the same sheet. I used those notes as a guideline for my part of the broadcast but added additional comments that came to mind during the actual live transmission. This sheet of notes was the most extensive amount of writing I did during the entire Apollo 11 mission.
"Commander Neil Armstrong gave some final thoughts to viewers on Earth. He said: The responsibility for this flight lies first with history and with the giants of science who have preceded this effort. Next with the American people, who have through their will, indicated their desire. Next to four administrations and their Congresses for implementing that will. And then to the agency and industry teams that built our spacecraft, the Saturn, the "Columbia," the "Eagle," and the little EMU, the space suit and backpack that was our small spacecraft out on the lunar surface. We would like to give a special thanks to all those Americans who built those spacecraft, who did the construction, design, the tests, and put their - their hearts and all their abilities into those crafts. To those people, tonight, we give a special thank you. And to all the other people that are listing and watching tonight, God bless you. Good night from Apollo 11. We closed the broadcast with a view of the Earth.
"The flight plan was probably the single most important document related to the success of our mission. It provided a time schedule of crew activities and spacecraft maneuvers to accomplish the first lunar landing.
"This page has been in my private collection since 1969. I have written on left side of page 3-123: "Carried to the Moon on Apollo XI" and signed that page. Additionally, a copy of the flight plan cover is enclosed."
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