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"…a very historic moment for mankind!"
Charlie Duke Autograph Manuscript Signed Detailing His
Experiences as Apollo 11 CapCom. Offered here is a truly
incredible handwritten piece of history. An 8.5" x 11" sheet of
Duke's personal stationery where he has neatly written regarding
the exciting, near-disastrous Apollo 11 moon landing. This item has
wonderful display potential. Transcript follows. Excellent.
"On July 20, 1969, I was the Apollo 11 Mission Control Capsule Communicator, or ‘CAPCOM', for Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin during mankind's first landing on the moon.
"As such, I became the first person in history to ever speak with humans on another world, as I confirmed their report of a successful landing with my transmitted reply, ‘We Copy You Down, Eagle!'
"Although we sounded calm, the minutes leading up to that historic landing were filled with tension and high drama! During the Eagle's descent, its onboard computer suddenly warned it was overloaded and about to fail! The crew bravely pushed on, just minutes away from landing on the Sea of Tranquility!
"Then in the final moments before landing, the crew realized that the computer was about to land them in a boulder-filled crater, which might have resulted in a crash! Man then triumphed over computer as Neil quickly assumed control, safely missing the crater, but leaving the Eagle with only seconds of fuel.
"Finally, at 4:18 PM, with barely 20 seconds of fuel remaining, Buzz Aldrin finally transmitted the words we were desperately waiting to hear: ‘Contact Light, OK, Engine Stop', signifying that the Eagle's footpad probes had touched the lunar surface, and I responded ‘We Copy You Down, Eagle!'
"Moments later, Neil Armstrong transmitted ‘Houston, Tranquility Base Here. The Eagle Has Landed!'
We all breathed an enormous sigh of relief, and I gratefully replied ‘Roger, Tranquility, we copy you on the ground....you've got a bunch of guys about to turn blue ....were breathing again ....thanks a lot!'
"So ended a very long day at the office, and a very historic moment for mankind!
APOLLO 11 CAPCOM"
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