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Buzz Aldrin's Apollo notes go on sale

By T.K. Randall
March 18, 2013 · Comment icon 4 comments

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Notes that Aldrin used during Apollo 11's descent on to the lunar surface in 1969 are to be sold off.
The notes include technical instructions as well as a second-by-second account of the final moments of the historic landing. Among them can be found the first words ever spoken by someone on the Moon, "contact light", which Aldrin uttered to indicate that the lander has touched down. The notes can be sold thanks to a recent change in the law which allows Apollo astronauts to retain legal ownership of items they kept from their missions.

In a letter accompanying the sheets, Aldrin describes how dramatic the final approach was. "We were behind on flight tasks due to the distractions caused by the alarms," he wrote. "At about 500 feet above the lunar surface, Neil Armstrong entered the commands to manually fly Eagle to the lunar surface with computer support. Mission Control radioed we had '60 seconds' of fuel remaining. Then '30 seconds' rang in our headsets."[!gad]The notes include technical instructions as well as a second-by-second account of the final moments of the historic landing. Among them can be found the first words ever spoken by someone on the Moon, "contact light", which Aldrin uttered to indicate that the lander has touched down. The notes can be sold thanks to a recent change in the law which allows Apollo astronauts to retain legal ownership of items they kept from their missions.

In a letter accompanying the sheets, Aldrin describes how dramatic the final approach was. "We were behind on flight tasks due to the distractions caused by the alarms," he wrote. "At about 500 feet above the lunar surface, Neil Armstrong entered the commands to manually fly Eagle to the lunar surface with computer support. Mission Control radioed we had '60 seconds' of fuel remaining. Then '30 seconds' rang in our headsets."
The notes were part of Aldrin's own manual used while Armstrong piloted the Lunar Module Eagle towards the Moon in 1969. Also included in the sale is a second-by-second account by Aldrin of the fraught final minutes as the Module approached the surface of the moon.


Source: Telegraph | Comments (4)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by Hilander 11 years ago
That must be a tense moment at the point of contact with the Lunar surface.
Comment icon #2 Posted by freetoroam 11 years ago
That must be a tense moment at the point of contact with the Lunar surface. Bit of a squeezy bum time I reckon! I would like to think a museum will buy it and not some rich man who will frame it and put it up to show his elite guests, the public should have access to these things.
Comment icon #3 Posted by CRYSiiSx2 11 years ago
Are his notes about aliens included?
Comment icon #4 Posted by Still Waters 11 years ago
Update - Buzz Aldrin Refutes Space Sale, Is Keeping Moon Memorabilia http://www.space.com/20364-buzz-aldrin-apollo-11-auction.html


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