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    Apollo 11 Lunar Module Flown LM Descent Navigational Chart Page Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin, Signed and Certified, with Signed LOA. An 8.5" x 10.5" map printed on heavy photographic paper, showing an area around the Mare Tranquillitatis (Sea of Tranquility) with the craters Maskelyne A and Censorinus labeled along with a grid and descent path. It is signed in the top corner: "Descent Chart/ Carried in 'Eagle' to the/ Lunar Surface/ Buzz Aldrin Apollo XI". Expected tape at top front and bottom verso where this was taped to the other charts in the descent sequence. Excellent condition. From the Steven R. Belasco Collection of Space Memorabilia.

    Included with this lot is a signed Letter of Authenticity on his letterhead stating, in full: "This LM descent navigational chart was flown to the Moon's surface in Lunar Module Eagle during the flight of Apollo 11. It was used to verify our descent track while Neil Armstrong and I carried out the Power Descent Initiation (DPI) engine burn on July 20, 1969. The time period covered on this chart is from 40 seconds to 2 minutes and 20 seconds into the DPI burn. This chart was a critical navigational tool carried on the first lunar landing mission and spent over 22 hours on the lunar surface inside Eagle. It is an individual section of the full descent ground track that was taped together in the proper sequence and folded at the tape seams for easy stowage while inside the LM. I have written 'Descent Chart carried in 'Eagle' to the lunar surface' and signed my name with 'Apollo XI' in the upper right-hand corner of the chart. This chart has been in my private collection since our return from the Moon in July 1969."


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