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    President Ronald Reagan: Typed Letter Signed on White House Stationery to Neil Armstrong Regarding His Rogers Commission Service, Directly From The Armstrong Family Collection™, Certified and Encapsulated by Collectibles Authentication Guaranty.




    A one-page letter dated June 19, 1986, regarding Armstrong's service (as Vice Chairman) on the committee created by a Presidential Commission charged with investigating the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster that took place on January 28, 1986, killing the six astronauts aboard. The commission found that the Challenger accident was caused by a failure in the O-rings sealing the aft field joint on the right solid rocket booster, causing pressurized hot gases and eventually flame to "blow by" the O-ring and contact the adjacent external tank, causing structural failure. The failure of the O-rings was attributed to a design flaw, as their performance could be too easily compromised by factors including the low temperature on the day of launch. A presidential letter regarding one of the many services Neil Armstrong performed for his country. The full text is transcribed below. Excellent, sealed in a numbered archival sleeve. This lot will include a Statement of Provenance signed by Neil Armstrong's sons, Rick and Mark.

    "Dear Neil:

    "I want to thank you for your service as a member of the Commission on the Space Shuttle CHALLENGER Accident. Your work has been exceptional and your contribution selfless. I would like to mention to you some of the many good results of the Commission's work.

    "For NASA, you said it best in the concluding thought to the Commission's report: 'The findings and recommendations presented in this report are intended to contribute to the future NASA successes that the nation both expects and requires as the 21st century approaches.'

    "For space voyagers of the future, the Commission's work will ensure that they will be traveling in vehicles as safe as human technology can devise.

    "For the American people, the Commission has, through the report, thoughtfully brought them along through each step of the investigation and let them get a close look at one of our nation's greatest achievements - the space program.

    "As I mentioned when I was with you in the Rose Garden on June 9, 1986: "We've learned in these past few months that we are frail and fallible. But, we have also learned that we have the courage to face our faults and the strength to correct our errors. Because we don't hide our mistakes, we're not condemned to repeat them."

    "For these and many more reasons, I thank you for the out­standing work you have performed for America and for the future of our space program.

    "Sincerely,
    [signed] Ronald Reagan"

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