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Buzz Aldrin's Apollo 11 Launch Operations Training Checklist

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Training-used 6 x 8 double-sided page from the 'Abort Procedures' section of the Apollo 11 Launch Operations Checklist used by the prime crew in the Apollo Command Module Simulator, signed cleanly on one side in blue ballpoint, "Used in Training for Apollo XI, Buzz Aldrin." The pages are numbered "4-5" and "4-6," with the first side featuring the last nine steps for a “Mode III” abort, and the other side listing steps for a “Mode IV” abort, in which the crew could use the spacecraft’s own Service Propulsion System to get into orbit. The sheet, which bears a red tint to enable quick referral during emergency conditions, features ballpoint notations by CMP Michael Collins, who has struck through a value and added “VC” and underlined the “Key V82E” phase. In very fine condition.

Accompanied by a detailed letter of provenance signed by Buzz Aldrin, in part: "Accompanying this letter is a sheet numbered 4-5 and 4-6 from the CSM 107 (Apollo 11) Launch Operations Checklist, SKB32100080-306. It was part of the complete manual that was used in the Command Module Apollo Mission Simulator at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, Texas. This sheet is from Section 4 titled: Abort Procedures.

The entire checklist, including this actual sheet, was used by all three Apollo 11 crew members: Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and myself. We referred to this section almost every time we performed a launch simulation because the simulator team would often put us in a situation that required us to execute an abort…

It was important to rehearse the flow of this activity in the simulator. It was an excellent learning device and the checklist was an important tool to insure our correct performance. This training was a key step which enabled our flight to make the first manned lunar landing on July 20, 1969."

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Space Exploration and Aviation
  • Dates: #664 - Ended April 20, 2023





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