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    Apollo 11 Flown Flight Plan Page 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 3-50a, three hole punched, from the "Flight Plan" "P/N #SKB32100080-350" and "S/N 1001" (a copy of the front cover of this book is included with the lot). The chart on this page is titled "LOI2 Burn Chart" Very fine condition.

    Included with this lot is an informative letter of authenticity signed "Buzz Aldrin" on his personal letterhead, stating (in full): "Enclosed with this letter is a sheet numbered 3-5Oa 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 was located at the beginning of hour 80 in the mission. Page 3-50a has a grid of terms and values associated with the LOI or Lunar Orbit Insertion number 2 engine burn. The parts the grid include pitch and yaw rates, attitude deviation, engine shutdown time, and residuals. The other side of this sheet was intentionally left blank. For LOI number 2, we used Columbia's SPS or Service Propulsion System, which was the large rocket engine at end of our Service Module. This burn occurred after two lunar orbits and was designed to have an orbit that would become gradually circular some 44 hours later. This was the time Lunar Module Eagle was scheduled to rendezvous with Columbia. A near circular orbit at that time greatly simplified the entire rendezvous sequence. If the LOI number 2 maneuver did not go correctly, it could have possibly made us cancel the first lunar landing. 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 page 3-50a: '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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