Limited Edition of 25 Worldwide.
These Apollo 11 stamp sheets were originally sold by the German Stamp Company 'Sieger' in the early 1970's. Sieger Stamp Blocks are some of the finest Apollo 11 stamp sheets on the market to date. Attached to this archival quality presentation is a piece of Kapton Foil that went to the Moon and back. The spacecraft which carried Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins to the Moon was know as the ''Command Module'', and bore the symbolic name Columbia. To protect the fragile craft from the extreme environment of deep space, a thin layer of material know as Kapton Foil, gold-coloured on the front with a silver backing, was attached to the outside skin of the Columbia. Because the foil was attached to the outside skin of the Columbia, its gold-coloured side was directly exposed to deep space. The presentation itself if mounted on black and gold acid-free archival mount (which means it will not discolour or damage the stamp sheet over time). The overall size of the presentation is 5 1/4 inches x 10 1/4 inches.
Neil Alden 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.