Lot 5415: Buzz Aldrin's Apollo 11 CM Training Page

RR Auction

RR Auction

2019-04-15 13:38:29

Lot 5415

Buzz Aldrin’s CSM-107 Launch Operations Checklist page used in the Command Module Apollo Mission Simulator in preparation for the Apollo 11 mission, one page, 5.5 x 8, signed in blue ballpoint, “Used in training for Apollo XI, Buzz Aldrin.” The page, numbered 3-7/8, with changed date of June 27, 1969, features the last steps to prepare the lunar module for separation from the SIVB and then the actual separation procedure. The next steps are to secure the spacecraft combination and prepare for the evasive burn to put a safe distance between the crew and the SIVB burn stage. In fine condition. The checklist page is accompanied by a sheet of personal letterhead signed in blue ballpoint by Aldrin, which reads, in part: “Accompanying this letter is a page numbered 3-7/8 from the CSM 107 (Apollo 11) Launch Operations Checklist…The pages are part of the complete manual that was used in the Command Module Apollo Mission Simulator at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, Texas. The page is from Section 3 titled: Normal SC/Booster Separations. The entire checklist, including this actual page, was used by all three Apollo 11 crew members: Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and myself. This section was in constant use between the three of us because of the variety of activity required…I kept this checklist after our mission as a reminder of all the training that took place back in 1969…A copy of the checklist cover is included.”

Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000

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