Virginia Tech celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing on July 16, 2019. Photo Credit: Steve Hammer / SpaceFlight Insider
BLACKSBURG, Va. — “The Real McCoy”, that’s what astronaut Michael Collins wrote on the cover of the Apollo 11 flight plan on display at the “Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 presentation at Virginia Tech.” That is a great way to describe this collection of memorabilia and artifacts. The flight plan, which outlined all aspects of the mission, was just a small part of the presentation however.
The flight plan details every aspect of the mission including the Command Module, Lunar Module and Mission Control-Houston. Several pages are included in the display.
Another interesting item is a letter to Collins from Charles Lindbergh were he writes, “What a fantastic experience it must have been — alone looking down on another celestial body, like a god of space! There is a quality to aloneness that those who have not experienced it can not know — to be alone and then to return to one’s fellow man once more…”
Congratulatory letter to Michael Collins from Charles Lindbergh after the successful completion of the Apollo 11 mission. Photo Credit: ...