Presented is an exclusive Apollo 11 Collage, including authentic materials relating to astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin. The collage is made up of the following elements: Astronaut Buzz Aldrin with Flag Autographed Photograph; Neil Armstrong Cut Signature; NASA Astronaut Buzz Aldrin EVA Apollo 11 Photograph; two Apollo 11 patches.
In the midst of the Cold War, President John F. Kennedy delivered a speech stating his intent to place a man on the moon: "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 the Earth. No single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind, or more important for the long-range exploration of space; and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish."
The effort to place a man on the moon was named Project Apollo. Through multiple attempts, the United States NASA program was prepared to complete their voyage to the moon with Apollo 11. Apollo 11 successfully fulfilled the manned mission to the moon on July 20, 1969. Neil Armstrong was the first to step on the moon, with Buzz Aldrin following him a few minutes later. Armstrong's first step onto the lunar surface was broadcast on live television to a worldwide audience. He described the event as "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Apollo 11 effectively ended the Space Race and fulfilled the national goal proposed by President John F. Kennedy in 1961.
This collage commemorates the feats of the Apollo 11 mission with authentic elements, including signatures, photographs, and mission patches. At the top of the collage is a color photograph of Buzz Aldrin on the moon saluting the American flag. It is signed in silver ink "Buzz Aldrin." Just below is a cut authentic Neil Armstrong signature in bold ink. Two Apollo patches sit on either side of the signature. The leftmost patch references the 50 year anniversary of the moon landing, with “The First Lunar Landing, 1969-2019” written below. The patch on the right is an Apollo 11 patch and features a wingspread eagle landing on the moon with the words “Apollo 11” written atop it in gold stitching. At bottom is on the of the most celebrated images from the Apollo missions. A posed shot, Aldrin is facing the camera with the reflection of his photographer, Armstrong, caught in Aldrin's golden helmet visor. This is the only front facing photograph of Armstrong walking on the moon's surface during the Apollo 11 mission.
All elements are in overall very good condition, considering age and use. Colors on patches and photographs are clear and bright, and signatures are bold. All elements have been archivally framed according to the highest conservation standards.
Framed dimensions: 50" H x 33" W x 2" D.
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