First Moon Landing [and] First Steps on Moon

"A historic document" (Jenkins)

First Moon Landing [and] First Steps on Moon.

Houston: Mission Control (NASA), 20th July 1969.

Sole edition. 27ll; 27ll. 2 vols. 4to. "A historic document" (Jenkins). Multigraphs stapled as issued. Each laid into matching blue cloth folders with leather labels on spine, includes four ektachrome photographs. Fine copies Jenkins, Five Centuries of Printing, 835. Item #300220

Armstrong: "Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed"
Control: "Roger, Tranquility, we copy you on the ground. You've got a bunch of guys about to turn blue. We're breathing again. Thanks a lot." (First Moon Landing).

Landmark transcripts of Apollo 11's landing on the moon. Apollo 11 was the fifth manned flight into space and the first to to put man on the Moon. It was launched from Kennedy Space Center on July 16 by a Saturn V rocket and, four days later, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped onto the Moon's surface, while Michael Collins remained in the command spacecraft (in lunar orbit).

Much of the narrative comprises technical details, but the constant referring back and forth between Armstrong, Aldrin and Mission Control, ensuring Apollo 11 was functioning properly as well as the relaying of vital signs of the astronauts emphasises the danger and historic nature of the mission. The transcript contains the misprint of Armstrong's famous statement: "I'm at the foot of the ladder . . . I'm going to step off the LM now . . . That's one small step for man. One giant leap for mankind." This was later corrected to read "That's one small step for a man..."

Armstrong and Aldrin's spacewalk lasted over two hours, during which time they collected 47.5 pounds of lunar material. Their total time on the moon's surface was about 21 hours, and their return to Earth on July 24 fulfilled President Kennedy's 1961 statement to Congress, "I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to Earth."

As described by Jenkins, "A historic document, in a cloth slipcase with leather label. Only a very few were issued, and most were were thrown away by reporters soon after." Jenkins remarks are borne out by OCLC locating just six copies, four in the US, one in Japan (NDL) the other at Monash. ABPC records a single entry Sotheby's France 2010 (Euros 13000).

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