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Item 9159 - Buzz Aldrin's Flown Apollo 11 Checklist Catalog 518 (Nov 2017)

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Extraordinary flown "Evasive Maneuver, Burn Chart" page carried on Apollo 11 as part of the Command Module Columbia's flight plan, 9.5 x 7.5, signed and flight-certified in blue ballpoint, "Carried to the Moon on Apollo XI, Buzz Aldrin." Impressively double-matted and framed with two patches and a plaque to an overall size of 16 x 16.75. In fine condition. Accompanied by a detailed letter of provenance signed by Aldrin, in part: "Enclosed with this letter is a sheet numbered 3-4a from the Apollo 11 Flight Plan, Part No. SKB32100080-350, S/N 1001. It is part of the entire document that was carried to the Moon in Command Module Columbia on the first lunar landing mission…This sheet is from the detailed timeline section and was located at the beginning of fourth hour in the mission. Page 3-4a has a grid of terms and values associated with the Evasive Maneuver after our TLI or TransLunar Injection engine burn. The TLI burn used the large rocket engine on the S-IVB or third stage of our Saturn V launch vehicle. This S-IVB burn was our only means of escaping the earth's gravity field and head toward the Moon. If this engine failed to ignite or did not work properly, Neil Armstrong and I would not have been able to land and walk on the Moon. The parts of the page 3-4a grid include pitch and yaw rates, attitude deviation, engine shutdown time, and residuals. The other side of this sheet was intentionally left blank as written. The TLI burn went exactly as planned, and our next task was to release Columbia from the launch vehicle and turn around to dock with Lunar Module Eagle berthed at the top of the S-IVB stage. We then pulled Eagle from the third stage. Next, we performed this Evasive Maneuver which was approximately a 3 second burn of Columbia's SPS or Service Propulsion System which moved Columbia and Eagle a safe distance away from the S-IVB stage." A significant, astronaut-certified piece of Apollo 11 history from the second man to set foot on the moon.

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