Lot 5049: Unbound Apollo 11 flight plan manual entitled "Final Apollo 11 Flight Plan, AS-506/CSM-107/LM-5," 294 pages, 8 x 10.5, July 1, 1969, signed in black felt tip, "The Blueprint for Mankind's first conquest of the Moon! Buzz Aldrin, Apollo XI Lunar Module Pilot" and "Michael Collins, Apollo XI." Also signed on the front cover by the original owner, "Ralph H. Tripp, LM Program Director," and bears a period ownership notation to the upper right. Housed in a modern three-ring binder. In very good condition, with a tear and crease to the upper binding hole of the front cover and a tape-repaired edge tear below; the pages of the manual are in fine condition. Tripp was a mathematician who headed the LM project at Grumman and exercised considerable influence on the design of the spacecraft, particularly in instrumentation. A superb association piece highlighted by Aldrin's fantastic addition to his signature.
RR Auction's The Nasa Collection of Leon Ford Auction 455
Thursday, 25th June 2015
Estimate: $2000 - 3000
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