LIFE INSURANCE FOR THE APOLLO 11 FAMILIES.
A CREW SIGNED LAUNCH POSTAL COVER.
Apollo 11 Life Insurance Cover measuring approximately 4 x 6 inches with a color crew emblem cachet. Kennedy Space Center (KSC) postmark of July 16, 1969, the launch date for Apollo 11. Numbered on the verso by Aldrin with his identifier number "BA07." The envelope is displayed between paragraphs of a Typed Signed Letter by BUZZ ALDRIN.
SIGNED by NEIL ARMSTRONG, MICHAEL COLLINS, and BUZZ ALDRIN prior to their Apollo 11 flight.
With BUZZ ALDRIN'S provenance letter which he describes the history behind this envelope: "This postal cover with the Apollo 11 emblem cachet is one of the 'insurance covers' signed by the Apollo 11 crew prior to our launch in July 1969. Since we were unable to obtain adequate life insurance due to the high risk nature of being an astronaut, we signed this group of covers and evenly distributed them to our families for safe keeping while we performed our mission. If an unfortunate event prevented our safe return, the covers would have provided a limited financial means of support to our families.
The cover displayed above has been in my private collection since 1969 and has an identifier of BA07 written on the reverse side. It was signed by the Apollo 11 crew - Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and myself prior to our launch back in 1969. The cover was postmarked on the launch day of Apollo 11 at the Kennedy Space Center on July 16, 1969. Four days later, on July 20, Neil Armstrong and I became the first humans to land and walk on another celestial body - the Moon."