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Item 381 - Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins Catalog 376 (Sep 2011)

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Original printed page from the flight plan used and carried to the moon on the Apollo 11 mission, one page both sides, 10.5 x 8, pages 3-95 and 3-96, signed in ballpoint on page 3-95, “Carried to the moon on Apollo XI, Buzz Aldrin,” and signed on the reverse, “Flown to the moon, Buzz Aldrin.” Page 3-10 also bears a a few pencil notations in the hand of Michael Collins. This page is accompanied by a letter of provenance and explanation signed by Aldrin, which reads, in part: “Enclosed with this letter is a sheet numbered 3-95 and 3-96 from the Apollo 11 Flight Plan…. It is part of the entire document that was carried to the moon in Command Module Columbia during the first lunar landing mission. This sheet is from the detailed time line section and covers hours 129 to the beginning of hour 131 in the mission. Page 3-95 has the steps required to secure Lunar Module Eagle’s Ascent Stage just prior to jettison from Command Module Columbia. Mike Collins made the left handed check mark after the V66 CSM State Vector step was complete plus logged the values: ‘P - 5 (degrees), Y - 4 (degrees.’ He made the large circle around the retrieval steps at the bottom of the CSM/CMP column and noted that those items were in the ‘wrong places.’ Neil Armstrong and I were still in the LM and cleaning our space suits and other equipment that were coated with lunar dust. This included cleaning the outsides of the SRC’s or Same Return Containers. These were the ‘rock boxes’ what were vacuum sealed while we were outside on the lunar surface. All these steps were done just after Eagle had docked with Columbia at about 128 hours into the mission…A day earlier, Neil and became the first humans to land and walk on the Moon’s surface. Page 3-96 has the remaining steps to complete before we were to jettison the LM Ascent State which included putting items no longer needed in Columbia over into Eagle As instructed by Mission Control, an experiment to test how long Eagle’s guidance system would work without cooling was performed after we closed-out the LM. Neil disabled the cooling system and Mission Control recommended that we perform the jettison as soon as possible in case the guidance system failed earlier than expected…Mike Collins made the large check mark after the hatch integrity check was made. We were ahead of schedule and were able to jettison the LM at 130 hours and 10 minutes into the mission…The flight plan was probably the single most important document related to the success of our mission. It provided a time schedule of crew activities and spacecraft maneuvers to accomplish the first lunar landing…This page has been in my private collection since 1969.” A rare opportunity to acquire Apollo 11 flight-flown material with astronaut provenance, as items flown on the first moon mission are difficult to come by and are highly desired by space collectors. Pre-certified Scott Cornish and RR Auction COA.

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