RR Auction Home
Current Auction Is Open For Bidding
Bidding Closes Thursday December 12
Home |Sitemap|Contact Us| Past Auctions  
 How to Bid   Register to Bid   Auctions   Consign   About Us   Featured Lots 
Bidder Login

New Bidder Registration
Forgot your password?

The Current Auction
Ends December 12th
Advanced Search
By Item Number
Gallery Search
Past Auction Search
How Do I Bid?
What is BidTracker™?
New Bidder Registration
The 30-Minute Rule
Terms and Conditions
New to RR Auction?
About Us
Register to Bid
Jobs at RR Auction
Press Releases
Consign to RR Auction
How to Consign
2019-2020 Auction Calendar
Nov 21
Dec 4
Dec 12
Jan 8
Jan 16
Jan 23
Feb 5
Feb 13
Mar 4
Feb 22
Mar 12
Mar 19
Apr 8
Apr 16
May 6
May 14
Jun 10
Jun 18
Jul 8
Jul 16
Aug 5
Aug 13
Sep 9
Sep 17
Oct 7
Oct 15
Nov 4
Nov 12
Dec 2
Dec 10
  View All Dates & Deadlines

Item 287 - Apollo 11 Catalog 429 (May 2014)

Back To Previous Page
(we are no longer accepting bids on this item)
Minimum Bid: $1,000.00
Sold Price: $31,409.00 (includes buyer's premium)


Flown double-sided checklist carried to the lunar surface on board Apollo 11’s lunar module Eagle, 5.5 x 8, pages SUR-17 and SUR-18. Signed in blue ballpoint on page SUR-18, “Used by Neil Armstrong and myself in Eagle while on the lunar surface on Apollo XI, Buzz Aldrin,” and signed vertically on page SUR-17, “Carried to the lunar surface on Apollo XI, Buzz Aldrin.” Page SUR-17 starts at 104:25, listing procedures for a simulated countdown, with SUR-18 listing power down procedures including “Doff helmets & Gloves,” and “Configure CB’s Per Chart.” In fine condition.

Accompanied by a letter of provenance and explanation signed by Aldrin, which reads: “Accompanying this letter is a sheet numbered SUR-17 and SUR-18 from the Apollo 11 LM Lunar Surface Checklist, Part No. SKB32100074-363, S/N 1001. The checklist was taken to the Moon on the flight of Apollo 11 during July 16 to 24, 1969. Then the entire checklist, including this sheet, was carried to the surface of the Moon in Lunar Module Eagle during the first lunar landing on July 20, 1969. This sheet has the important steps Neil Armstrong and I performed in Eagle just minutes after history's first manned lunar landing.

Neil made a beautiful landing. The Lunar Module was automatically targeting us into a large boulder-filled crater. He expertly maneuvered Eagle away from that crater and landed us with less than 30 seconds of descent engine fuel remaining. After landing we started the series of procedures as listed in the initial pages of the Lunar Surface Checklist. The pages before SUR-17 included a series of star sightings to align our navigational equipment to our exact position we now called ‘Tranquility Base.’

Side SUR-17 has the steps of a simulated countdown Neil and I performed in case an emergency liftoff from the lunar surface was required. We could leave the Moon at several predetermined time intervals if needed after we were given a ‘GO’ for an extended lunar stay. These time intervals coincided with the lunar orbital period of CSM Columbia which was piloted by Mike Collins. We could leave the Moon if needed 2 hours after landing once Columbia was in the proper position for rendezvous. At 104:25 mission time, we started the countdown which was TIG of Time to Ignition minus 17 minutes. Two heavy lined—dashed lined boxes list critical steps to enable an actual liftoff. The first box includes battery and circuit breaker settings. The second box has the steps for the last minute of countdown including ‘ABORT STAGE-PUSH, ENG ARM-ASC, PRO, ENGINE START PUSH.’ The small box has steps to perform if we did not get ignition. The last line reads, ‘END SIMULATED COUNTDOWN.’

Side SUR-18 has the ‘POWERDOWN’ steps Neil and I performed once the countdown was over. We did this series of steps just after removing our space suit helmets and gloves. Several steps required setting circuit breakers to either open or closed on panels 11 and 16. In just a few hours after the completion of these steps, Neil Armstrong and I became the first humans to walk on another celestial body, the Moon. This sheet has been in my private collection since 1969.” Luckily, this contingency liftoff was not necessary, and after the LM was placed in a ‘safe’ condition, the crew could then begin to focus on their next major task—walking on the moon. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.

Terms and abbreviations used in our descriptions.

You must be a registered user and logged in to view Past Auction Item Images

If you do not currently have an account, click here to go to our secure registration page.

Important Information

Tips For Consignors


For a complete list of auction beginning and ending dates, check our dates and deadlines page.