From fiction to fact—the Jules Verne classic signed by eight Apollo astronauts
Signed book: From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne. New York: Scribner, Armstrong & Company, 1874. Hardcover, 5.75 x 8, 323 pages. Signed on professionally tipped-in adjacent opening pages in bold black ink by eight Apollo astronauts: "Tom Stafford, Apollo X, Cdr.,” “Alan Bean, Apollo 12 LMP,” “Frank Borman, Apollo 8 CDR,” “James Lovell, Apollo 8, 13 CDR,” “Michael Collins, Apollo XI CMP,” “Al Worden, Apollo 15 CMP,” “Rusty Schweickart, Apollo 9 LMP,” and “Charlie Duke, Apollo 16 LMP.” Autographic condition: fine. Book condition: VG/None, with edgewear, a previous owner's bookplate affixed to front pastedown (and ownership signature to first free end page), and restoration to front hinge.
Interestingly, there were several similarities between Verne’s novel and the eventuality of the Apollo program, including: the US being the first to launch a manned spacecraft to circumnavigate the moon; the rejection of Brownsville, Texas as a launch site, and the subsequent choosing of Florida; Apollo 8 being launched in the month of December and splash down and recovery in the Pacific; and the crews being made up of three members. A seldom-seen and sought-after format signed by eight of NASA's most storied explorers.