Apollo 11 Lunar Module Timeline Book sat between Neil Armstrong and “Buzz” Aldrin when they made their moon landing on July 20, 1969. It was placed between the two men as Armstrong uttered his historic first words back to Mission Control after landing: ‘Houston, Tranquillity Base here. The Eagle has landed.’ And now fifty years after that historic event, the book is up for auction with an estimate of $7-9 million.
The 44-page ring-bound Apollo 11 lunar module timeline book details every procedure that was needed to undock, land and rendezvous the Eagle with its Columbia command module when Armstrong and Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon.
Along with technical data, the book, which was carried aboard the Eagle, contains drawings and almost 150 check marks and annotations written in real time by Armstrong and Aldrin.
The book is being sold by a private collector who purchased it previously from Aldrin, Christie’s said.
It will be on view at various Christie’s locations throughout the month. The auction takes places at the auction house in New York on July 18.