Neil Armstrong Buzz Aldrin Moon Landing Signed Instruction Sheet To Fetch Over £60,000; See Photos Here
A Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin moon landing signed instruction sheet is expected to fetch over £60,000 ($77,000 USD) in an auction later this month.
Papers that were part of Aldrin's personal manual used during the moon landing will go on auction in New York on March 25, the Daily Mail reports. The sale includes Aldrin's moment by moment account of exactly what happened during the first lunar landing. The papers bear Aldrin's signature and were used by Aldrin during the flight while Armstrong piloted the module.
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Aldrin, now 83, is selling the papers after a change in the law last year allowed Apollo astronauts to retain legal ownership of artifacts they kept from their missions (excluding lunar rocks and other lunar material). The bill came after a number of astronauts, including Jim Lovell of Apollo 13, sought to sell items from their voyages but were restricted from doing so by NASA.
The papers to be sold later this month also reveal that the first words on the moon were not the familiar "One small step for man," spoken by Neil Armstrong, but rather "Contact light!" said by Aldrin, a reference to the indicator light on the control panel that told the astronauts that their spacecraft had touched down.
The Apollo 11 mission launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on July 16, 1969 and took 12 minutes to enter orbit. Four days later, on July 20, the lunar module Eagle, carrying Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, separated from the command module and began its descent.
In a letter which accompanies the signed instruction sheet, Aldrin describes the astronauts' last few minutes on the spacecraft as it descended towards the moon's surface.
"The lunar landing was an experience I will always remember ... some eight minutes into our descent engine burn, we started our most challenging part of the landing -- the approach phase sequence," he wrote, the Daily Mail reported.
He goes on to detail how it was he who spoke the first words from the moon: "Just as Neil placed Eagle gently on the lunar surface, I spoke the first words from the Moon: 'CONTACT LIGHT!' This was the indicator light on our control panel that told us that Eagle had touched the lunar surface."
See the slideshow above for photos from the Apollo 11 mission.
To see photos of the moon landing signed instruction sheet, click here.
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