Lot #4332
Neil Armstrong Handwritten Note

Armstrong on his famous 'small step' quote: "Not Prepared Before Flight"
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Armstrong on his famous 'small step' quote: "Not Prepared Before Flight"

Important handwritten note by Armstrong at the conclusion of a letter sent to him, unsigned, one page, 6 x 9, stamp-dated March 2, 1970. Written by A. J. Silhanek of Piscataway, New Jersey, the original letter makes an inquisitive statement: "I do not seem to be able to locate the information any place if the words 'One small step for man one giant leap for mankind' was prepared before the flight of Apollo 11 or was a spontaneous remark." Armstrong replies below in large black felt tip: "Not Prepared Before Flight." In fine condition. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope. An interesting historical note on the 'spontaneous' origin of one of the most memorable quotes of the 20th century, which has been the subject of much study and discussion in the decades since.

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  • Auction Title: Space & Aviation
  • Dates: October 11 - October 18

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