FLOWN ON APOLLO 11CREW BETA EMBLEM.
SIGNED BY ALDRIN, WITH NOTE ON EMBLEM'S MEANING.
Flown Apollo 11 Beta cloth crew emblem, 4½ inches square, signed by Buzz Aldrin. Mounted on a color 12 x 10 inch NASA certificate which reads: "This Beta emblem traveled to the Moon with Apollo 11, the first manned lunar landing."
The certificate features an illustration of the plaque left on the Moon which was attached to the front landing strut of Lunar Module Eagle. The certificate has in bold type face the additional wording of: "Apollo 11, July 16 24, 1969, ARMSTRONG COLLINS ALDRIN." Along the bottom edge are the first words by Neil Armstrong after stepping onto the Moon: "One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind." Included is BUZZ ALDRIN'S provenance letter, which reads in part: "This Apollo 11 beta cloth emblem was carried to the Moon during July 16 to 24, 1969 on the Apollo 11 mission ... The crew emblem is perhaps the most meaningful mission related item to carry on a space flight. It represents the planning and training that we undertook to make our mission a success. We decided not to have our names added to the emblem to symbolize the dedication of hundreds of thousands workers, a decade long national effort, and the dream of mankind to land on the surface of the Moon. I assisted in the planning and make-up of the emblem design ... This emblem has been in my collection since our return from the Moon in July 1969. I have signed the emblem along the upper left edge."