Rare ALS by the First Man on the Moon Written Less than Five Months after his Return!

Signed by Neil Armstrong

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ARMSTRONG, NEIL. (1930-2012). American astronaut remembered as the first person to walk on the moon and the statement he made at the time, “One small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.” ALS. (“Neil”). 1p. Small 4to. (Seabrook, December 8, 1969). On colorful “Seasons Greetings” stationery. To Don and Betty Frame, childhood friends from his hometown, Wapakoneta, Ohio.

I certainly want to thank you for your kind wishes at the time of the flight. All the prayers and good wishes seemed to help.

I’m sorry the hectic schedule and brief time during my homecoming prevented the possibility of a little conversation which I would have liked, and the occasion deserved.

May you and your family enjoy a happy holiday season and a prosperous new year…”

An Ohio native, Armstrong began his career as a Navy pilot during the Korean War. He became a test pilot at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics High-Speed Flight Station (now the Dryden Flight Research Center) and joined NASA’s Astronaut Corps in 1962. In 1966, he became the first civilian astronaut to fly as a commander aboard Gemini 8.

On July 20, 1969, Armstrong led the Apollo 11 spacecraft on its historic mission to land the first humans on the moon. Armstrong and his colleague Buzz Aldrin both walked on the moon’s surface, while Michael Collins kept the spacecraft in lunar orbit. The event was broadcast on television around the world, making the astronauts instant celebrities and fulfilling the late President Kennedy’s goal of “landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth” before the end of the 1960s. Upon their return, President Nixon awarded all three men the Presidential Medal of Freedom. “A homecoming celebration in his hometown, Wapakoneta, Ohio (population: 7,000), drew 60,000 on Sept. 6, 1969, according to [Cincinnati] Enquirer reports. Armstrong appeared grateful, yet a bit harried by the attention,” (“Enquirer Throwback: Neil Armstrong,” Cincinnati.com, Suess).

Folded into thirds and very fine; with the original hand-addressed envelope bearing a return address label with Armstrong’s Texas home address located near NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Armstrong is very rare in ALS’s, especially those written so soon after his historic flight.

Neil Armstrong’s famous moon walk

Rare ALS by the First Man on the Moon Written Less than Five Months after his Return!

Signed by Neil Armstrong

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