Moon Landing Flight Plan Signed by 21 Astronauts at Auction Oct. 28 NASA Lunar Landing Final Flight Plan Autographed by 21 Astronauts to highlight Skinner Auction Gallery October 28, 2007 sale in Bolton MA, signed by all of the people who have ever walked on the moon.
News-Antique.com - Oct 20,2007 - Skinner, one of the nation's leading auction houses, will hold an auction of Science & Technology on Sunday, October 28, 2007 at 10 a.m. at its Bolton MA gallery.
The auction will feature numerous categories of Science, Technology, Toys, Dolls, Collectibles. Cameras, and Automobiles.
There will be some extraordinary NASA Space Memorabilia items, one of which is a N.A.S.A. Final Apollo 11 Flight Plan with 21 Astronauts' Signatures, AS-506 / CSM-107 / LM-5, 1 July 1969, 8 1/4 x 11 in. ring-bound notebook with perspex cover prepared by the Flight Planning Branch Flight Crew Support Division of the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, Texas, the cover inscribed to "Arlene" and signed in person by the astronauts Buzz Aldren, Neil Armstrong, and Mike Collins of Apollo 11, plus Astronauts Charles Conrad (A-12), Alan Shepard (A-14), Wally Schirra (A-7), Jim Lovell (backup Commander on A-11 plus A-13), Dave Scott (A-9), Al Worden (A-15), Tom Stafford (A-10), Gene Cernan (A-10), Dick Gordon (A-12), Walt Cunningham (A-7), Don Eisele (A-7), Joe Engle (a-14), Rusty Schweickart (A-9), plus Skylab Astronauts Joe Kerwin, Paul Weitz and Jerry Karr, and two indistinct signatures.
The Apollo 11 mission was the first manned mission to land on the Moon. It was the fifth human spaceflight of the Apollo program, and the third human voyage to the moon. Launched on July 16. 1969, it was manned by Commander Neil Alden Armstrong, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin Eugene 'Buzz' Aldrin, Jr. Four days later, on 20th July 1969, Armstrong and Aldrin became the first humans to land on the Moon, while Collins orbited above.
The inscription is to "Arlene", a N.A.S.A. hostess
who entertained astronauts and their families at parties in her home near Houston in the 1960s. The original document signed by 23 atsonauts is expected to sell between $10,000 and $20,000.
Also for collectors of space memorabilia, bidders will fancy a Mercury 7 astronaut’s test glove (lot 193B, est. $12/15,000) featuring pen inscriptions Glenn and Schirra and a Project Gemini space flight capsule floatation ball (lot 193C, est. $1/1,500) referred to on its tag as “Unsinkable Molly Brown."
The sale is rounded out with over 400 lots of toys, dolls, and collectibles, including aeronautical items such as a Tootsie Toy Speedy Aeroplane Set No. 6100, complete with planes and Airmen, near mint condition in original box with a Presale Estimate of $3000-$4000; a 1950s and a Marx American Airlines AstroJet Airport Set in mint condition in original box by Louis Marx & Co. Inc., 200 with the "Service Mark of American Airlines" on the box cover.
Skinner is one of the few auction houses in the world, and the only major auction house in the U.S., to offer sales focused on Science and Technology. And, this sale won’t disappoint; more than a thousands lots of scientific material, including phonographs, technological inventions, surveying instruments, medical instruments, early cameras, computer-related objects, mechanical music, automata (mechanical dolls), and vintage automobiles and automobilia will be offered. The eclectic