Stars Of Apollo Program Signed By Neil Armstrong

Nasa Presentation With Five Autographs - Mint Condition Heirloom

Publisher NASA
Year 1973
Edition FIRST
Printing FIRST
Binding Other
Condition As New

Any genuine collector of aerospace memorabilia is well aware of the "holy grail" of all related collectibles - authentic hand signed, in person Neil Armstrong autographs.

Those with solid provenance, or proof, become infinitely more attractive and thus, valuable to collectors. Along these lines, believe anyone considering the purchase of a Neil Armstrong signed item will be quite impressed with the breadth of related materials provided along with this spectacular Armstrong signature.

Adding yet additional value, is the extreme scarcity of this official "Stars of Apollo" tassled party program, produced solely for this one afternoon NASA affair! Armstrong and the others were there to offer their thanks and gratitude to this particular group of private sector workers. "On the astronauts return to the cabin on their final moonwalk, Aldrin accidentally broke the circuit breaker that would arm the main engine for lift off from the Moon. There was concern this would prevent firing the engine, stranding them on the Moon. Fortunately gorund control passed on tips from this group of private sector workers and the potential disaster was averted! Had this first simple fix not worked, this same group had a back-up plan where the Lunar Module circuitry could have been reconfigured to allow firing the ascent engine regardless.

Those who hand signed this program, all on the actual day of the event, include :

1 - NEIL ARMSTRONG (August 5, 1930 – August 25, 2012) was an American astronaut and the first person to walk on the Moon. He was also an aerospace engineer, naval aviator, test pilot, and university professor. Before becoming an astronaut, Armstrong was an officer in the U.S. Navy and served in the Korean War. After the war, he earned his bachelor's degree at Purdue University and served as a test pilot at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics High-Speed Flight Station, now known as the Dryden Flight Research Center, where he logged over 900 flights. He later completed graduate studies at the University of Southern California. A participant in the U.S. Air Force's Man in Space Soonest and X-20 Dyna-Soar human spaceflight programs, Armstrong joined the NASA Astronaut Corps in 1962. He made his first space flight, as command pilot of Gemini 8, in 1966, becoming NASA's first civilian astronaut to fly in space. On this mission, he performed the first docking of two spacecraft, with pilot David Scott. Armstrong's second and last spaceflight was as mission commander of the Apollo 11 moon landing, in July 1969. On this mission, Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin descended to the lunar surface and spent two and a half hours exploring, while Michael Collins remained in lunar orbit in the Command Module. Along with Collins and Aldrin, Armstrong was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Richard Nixon; in 1978, President Jimmy Carter presented Armstrong the Congressional Space Medal of Honor in 1978; he and his former crewmates received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2009. Armstrong died in Cincinnati, Ohio, on August 25, 2012, at the age of 82, after complications from coronary artery bypass surgery.

2 - BOOTS "YAKETY YAK" RANDOLPH (signed twice, alongside the schedule of events page - facing the Armstrong bio page - and on the back glossy cover with inscription.) Homer Louis "Boots" Randolph III (June 3, 1927 – July 3, 2007) was an American musician best known for his 1963 saxophone hit, "Yakety Sax" (Benny Hill's signature tune). Randolph was a major part of the "Nashville Sound" for most of his professional career.

3- DR. ROCCO A. PETRONE, as Director of NASA's Marshall Space Center, signed alongside his bio. "An American engineer who was the third director of the NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, from 1973 to 1974. Petrone had previously served as director of launch operations at NASA's Kennedy Space Center from July 1966 until September 1969, and then as Apollo program director at NASA Headquarters."

4 - CLINTON H. GRACE, as former IBM facility manager, signed alongside his bio. Was awarded the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal in 1973, an award similar to the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, but awarded to non-government personnel. This is the highest honor NASA awards to anyone who was not a government employee when the service was performed.

Spectacular, museum quality signed program, is in virtually mint condition with attached braided tassle page marker. Approximately 5x8 inches. Purchaser will also receive copies of the newspaper clippings, etc, which were originally provided to me when I acquired item from the collector.

Due to the provider of this item, no DNA testing, etc, were ever deemed necessary. However, all signatures are guaranteed 100% to pass any certified authentication process.

Anyone considering this item, has lived either during this amazing mission or shortly thereafter. Thus, in the enviable position of securing an item with such historical significance. Imagine a Christopher Columbus signed program from a similar event in say, 1495 . . . think it would have a bit of value to it!!!!! The accomplishments of Apollo 11, compare favorably with those of Columbus, and virtually any other explorer who came before them!