FLOWN APOLLO 11 FLIGHT PLAN SHEET.
MAN SETS FOOT UPON THE MOON.
Apollo 11 Flight Plan, pp 3-75/3-76, a single sheet printed recto and verso, NASA/MSC, July 1, 1969, 10 ½ by 8 inches, inscribed by Buzz Aldrin.
The Apollo 11 flight plan page during the time in the flight when Neil Armstrong set foot upon the moon. Accompanied by a Typed Letter Signed by Aldrin, which reads in part "Enclosed with this letter is a sheet numbered 3-75 and 3-76 from the Apollo 11 Flight Plan, Part No. SKB32100080-350, S/N 1001. It is part of the entire document that was carried to the Moon in Command Module Columbia on the first lunar landing mission during July 16 to 24, 1969. This sheet is from the detailed timeline section and covers hour 108 to the beginning of hour 110 in the mission.
Page 3-75 lists the last full hour of a rest period that was scheduled to start at about 3 hours after Man's first landing on the lunar surface. Page 3-76 lists the last half hour of that rest period then the beginning of our eat period prior to the EVA or moon walk preparations. Needless to say, Neil and I had an abundance of energy and adrenaline surging through our bodies after this historic event and starting a rest period was the last thing on our minds. At about 104 hours 30 minutes into the mission, Neil asked and received concurrence from Mission Control to start the EVA activities about 5 hours earlier than was written in the flight plan. Thus, we were actually finishing our EVA Prep work during this period in the mission which consisted of space suit pressure and communication checks, then the depressurization of Eagle's cabin to allow us to open the hatch and step onto the lunar surface. At 109 hours and 24 minutes, which was 10:56 pm EDT on July 20, Neil Armstrong became the first human to step upon the Moon. He then said the words that are now known by almost everyone living on the planet earth: 'That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for Mankind.'
Some 19 minutes after Neil's first step, I started down Eagle's ladder and set foot upon the Moon. Not as well known as Neil's words but very appropriate, I spoke after stepping on the surface: 'Magnificent Desolation.' The lunar surface was indeed desolate, but had a striking beauty all its own. Gray was the dominate color, but that color changed in tone as I turned to various sun angles. Walking on the lunar surface was not difficult to get accustom [sic] to and I found the ballistic type trajectory of the surface dust kicked up by my boots fascinating to observe on this airless world. Walking and exploring on the Moon was something only eleven others experienced during the 20th century. This page from a Ground Elapsed Time (GET) standpoint has the most significant events that occurred during the entire Apollo 11 flight."
Aldrin has inscribed the sheet This page was flown to the Moon aboard Apollo XI July 1969, Buzz Aldrin, and has marked at the appropriate points on the timeline TV ON; Neils first step; and my first step.
A copy of the flight plan cover is included. Originally from the collection of Buzz Aldrin.