BUZZ ALDRIN'S SIGNED provenance letter reads: “Enclosed with this letter is a sheet numbered 3-126 and 3-127 from the Apollo 11 Flight Plan, Part No. SKB32100080-350, S/N 1001. It is part of the entire document that was carried to the Moon in Command Module Columbia on the first lunar landing mission during July 16 to 24, 1969. This sheet is from the detailed timeline section and covers hour 182 through the beginning of hour 186 of the mission.
Page 3-126 has the first two hours of our last rest period of the mission. A few hours before this time, Mission Control radioed instructions for motion picture camera settings. We were to use these settings for proper photography of Columbia’s re-entry the next day, July 24, 1969. Neil Armstrong recorded this information on the left side of 3-126 which reads: “- CIN –F11/250, 6 FTS, 7 FT.” These notes were for us to use an exposure setting of f 11, 1/250 of a second running at 6 frames per second with the focus at 7 feet to view the entry fireball. Neil’s notes of: “F 2.0 / 1/60, 6 FPS, 50 FT, CHUTES” were for us to photograph the parachute opening using an exposure of f 2.0, 1/60 of a second at 6 frames per second with the focus at 50 feet.
Neil’s last photography notes were: “INT, F 16 / 1/500, 6 FPS, 7 FT., F 28/50.” These were different settings in case the film magazine we ended up using had already been used for interior shots. In that case, we would have an exposure of f 16, 1/500 of a second at 6 frames per second, and a focus at 50 feet. This was one of Neil Armstrong’s most extensive set of notes made in the entire flight plan.
In the notes column on the right side of 3-126, Neil recorded the radiation readings for each crew member. These notes read “CDR – 11023, CMP – 10025, LMP – 09027.” He also checked off 9 steps of the Pre Sleep Checklist.
Page 3-127 lists hours 184 to the beginning of hour 186 which were hours 3 and 4 of this rest period. We were a bit busy getting ready for re-entry and Neil and myself only got 5.5 hours of sleep. Michael Collins did a bit better and got a total of 7 hours sleep.
The flight plan was probably the single most important document related to the success of our mission. It provided a time schedule of crew activities and spacecraft maneuvers to accomplish the first lunar landing.
This page has been in my private collection since 1969. I have written on page 3-71: “Carried to the Moon on Apollo XI” and signed it near the bottom of that page. I have also signed page 3-127. Additionally, a copy of the flight plan cover is enclosed.”
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