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    Apollo 11 NASA Launch Mission Rules [SA-506/ CSM-107/ LM-5] Book in Original Grumman Binder. A 250+ page (all printed one side only) manual, 8.5" x 11", 2" thick and post bound inside a blue plastic Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation binder cover. The title page lists the part number as "K-V-05.10/6" and the restriction "For NASA/DOD Internal Use Only (Including Appropriate Contractors)". There were only fifteen of these manuals ever issued to Grumman. Each page is dated, all in June 1969. It is divided into four major sections: Space Vehicle Operations; Launch Vehicle Operations; Spacecraft Operations; and Technical Support Operations. The Introduction and Mission Rules Guidelines pages give insight as to the multiple purposes and uses of this important publication, including (in small part): "[T]o provide guidance to the Launch Director and launch team organization by specifying preplanned decisions which are designed to minimize real time rationalization required when non-nominal situations occur during the launch countdown and applicable prelaunch tests." and "Mission Rules are effective during launch countdown, flight, and recovery operations, and during prelaunch tests when applicable. They are based on primary objectives as stated in the Apollo Flight Mission Assignments document..." A fascinating "insiders" look at the massive amount of data needed to manage this landmark mission. Rarely offered. Very fine condition.

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