Wonderful color 16.5 x 21.5 poster for the Apollo Reunion held in Washington, D.C. on July 16, 1986, showing three young children gazing up at a full moon, signed below in black ink or felt tip by 18 Apollo astronauts, including: Charles Conrad, Ron Evans, Stuart Roosa, Richard Gordon, Charlie Duke, Michael Collins, Walt Cunningham, James Lovell, Buzz Aldrin, Donn Eisele, Bill Anders, Alan Bean, Jim Irwin, Al Worden, Rusty Schweickart, Alan Shepard, Gene Cernan, and Harrison Schmitt. Framed to a slightly larger size and in very good to fine condition, with some light creasing to the image, and fading to several signatures (Schweickart's signature is extremely faint).
This item originates from the personal collection of Frank White, author of The Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human Evolution, which is seen by many as a seminal work in the field of space exploration and development. Based on interviews with 31 astronauts, the book’s fourth edition is scheduled to be published in late 2019 or early 2020. The term “Overview Effect” has become a well-known phrase to describe the cognitive shift in worldview that astronauts experience when they see the Earth from space and in space.
Frank interviewed Rusty Schweickart (Apollo 9), Michael Collins (Apollo 11), Alan Bean (Apollo 14), Edgar Mitchell (Apollo 16) and Eugene Cernan (Apollo 17) for the book.
He purchased the poster during a silent auction at the Students for Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) conference in 1986. He had this poster during the writing of The Overview Effect and his other books, including his latest, The Cosma Hypothesis: Implications of the Overview Effect. “The poster was usually on the wall of my study,” he says, “and inspired me as I wrote about the people who signed it.”
Frank did not want to part with this very special piece, but he does want to attend a number of conferences on space exploration during the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on the Moon.
“I think it’s time for somebody else to enjoy it and be inspired by it,” he says.
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