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    Apollo 11 Training-Used Launch Operations Checklist Page Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin, Certified and Signed, with Original Annotations by Neil Armstrong. A 5.5" x 8" page numbered 2-19/2-20, printed on cardstock and three-hole punched, from the "Launch Operations Checklist Simulator Copy," P/N "SKB32100080-306" (a copy of the front cover of this book is included with the lot). Excellent condition.

    Aldrin has certified this page on the 2-19 side: "Used in Training for Apollo XI/ Buzz Aldrin".

    Included with this lot is a signed typed Letter of Certification in which Aldrin describes this item, in part: "Accompanying this letter is a page numbered 2-19 and 2-20 from the CSM 107 (Apollo 11) Launch Operations Checklist, SKB32100080-306. The pages are part of the complete manual that was used in the Command Module Apollo Mission Simulator at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, Texas. The page is from Section 2 titled: Boost-Insertion - TLI. The entire checklist, including this actual page, was used by all three Apollo 11 crew members: Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and myself. This section in particular was extensively used by Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins who sat in the left and center seats during the Saturn V launch phase. Neil had the command responsibility to initiate an abort if the launch profile or Translunar Injection deviated from the planned events outlined in this checklist section. The launch profile was the most intense training we as a crew performed together. The simulator teams would give us all types of warning messages and problems to solve during a simulated launch. The simulator was an excellent learning device and this checklist was an important tool to insure our correct performance. This training was a key step which enabled our flight to make the first manned lunar landing on July 20, 1969. Side 2-19 has the RCS hot fire test then the beginning of TLI preps at 1 hour 50 minutes. Side 2-20 has the steps for TLI. Neil has made a time change to '36,' then added a question mark. He also changed an angle value to '16.' I kept this checklist after our mission as a reminder of the all the training that took place back in 1969."


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