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This incredibly historic presentation contains within it a genuine Apollo 11 Signed Type 2 Insurance Cover, a 2" x 1" x 1" segment of genuine Heatshield which was removed from the Apollo 11 Command Module "Columbia" post-flight and a vintage Apollo 11 lunar surface image with black numbers.
The Apollo 11 Signed Type 2 Dow-Unicover Insurance Cover has an additional 15th Anniversary Postmark & Stamp. The Blue Dow-Unicover cachet has images of the Apollo 11 crew members and a drawing titled: "Apollo XI, The First Step..." with the additional title of: "First Manned Lunar Landing." Kennedy Space Center (KSC) postmark of 16 July 1969, the launch date for Apollo 11.
This Type 2 Insurance Cover is one of three different designs used by the Apollo 11 crew to serve as a form of "live insurance" for their families. If catastrophic event during the mission occurred, preventing Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin's safe return, this cover could have been used by family members to provide financial support. This design as well as the Apollo 11 emblem and lunar surface exploration designs were evenly distributed to the families after they were postmarked at the Kennedy Space Center on July 16 or Houston, Texas on July 20, 1969.
Signed by the Apollo 11 crew prior to launch in order to provide financial security for astronauts’ families.
The Apollo 11 CM Flown Heatshield came from the collection of Rudolf Spoor, the Dutch television director responsible for covering the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. In late 1969/early 1970 Spoor visited the NASA Industrial Plant in Downey, California, to make a documentary about the splashdown of the Apollo capsule, and was gifted the piece of Apollo 11 Command Module Flown Heatshield by NASA executives. Also included is a stunning 8" x 10" black & white photo showing Aldrin and Armstrong near the Lunar Module, the image made from a televised image received at the Deep Space Network tracking station at Goldstone, California, with serial number NASA S-69-39562.
More information on Heatshield, as well as the Apollo Command Module in general can be found by clicking here.
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