July 20, 1969 – Buzz Aldrin notes (Apollo 11) go for $179,250 at auction

Heritage Auctions auctioned off original handwritten notes by American astronaut Buzz Aldrin on September 19, 2007. They went for an astounding $179,250.00!

He read from this card at 125 hours, 25 minutes and 38 seconds into the mission:

Houston This is Eagle The LM Pilot speaking. I would like to request a few moments of silence. Over. I would like to invite each person listening in, wherever and whomever he may be, to contemplate for a moment the events of the past few hours and to give thanks in his own individual way- – My way shall be by partaking of the elements of Holy Communion.” His fellow astronaut, Neil Armstrong, watched but did not partake.

The verses he would have liked to have read are found at the top of the other side of this handwritten card:

An [sic] Jesus said, ‘I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me, and I in him, will bear much fruit; for you can do nothing without me.’ [John 15:5]” There are additional, and very appropriate, verses beneath in a different ink that Aldrin did actually quote three days later during a TV broadcast by the astronauts aboard Columbia the evening before they splashed down safely in the Pacific. He writes: “Psalm 8: v. 3,4 ‘When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou has ordained; What is man that thou art mindful of him? And the Son of Man, that thou visitest Him?’

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~ by tellinghistory on July 20, 2007.

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