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CLYDE WILLIAM TOMBAUGH - FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED - HFSID 178083

CLYDE WILLIAM TOMBAUGH 1975 first day cover honoring NASA's Apollo 11 mission, signed by astronomer Clyde William Tombaugh, who "Discovered 9th Planet Pluto, on 18th Feb 1930" First day cover "Clyde W. Tombaugh/Discovered 9th Planet/Pluto, on 18th Feb 1930". 10¾x8½.

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CLYDE WILLIAM TOMBAUGH
1975 first day cover honoring NASA's Apollo 11 mission, signed by astronomer Clyde William Tombaugh, who "Discovered 9th Planet Pluto, on 18th Feb 1930"
First day cover "Clyde W. Tombaugh/Discovered 9th Planet/Pluto, on 18th Feb 1930". 10¾x8½. FDC honoring NASA's Apollo 11 mission and the first manned landing on the moon. No stamps affixed. Postmarked United Nations, New York City, March 14, 1975 with special United Nations postmark. FIRST DAY OF ISSUE. Titled in gold-colored ink: "Man Walks on the Moon/JULY 20 1969/THE HISTORIC JOURNEY OF APOLLO 11 - July 16-24, 1969/ARMSTRONG -ALDRIN - COLLINS". With quotes related to Apollo 11 and a scene of Tranquility Base as a background. Tombaugh (1906-1997, born in Streator, Illinois) was hired in 1929 as an assistant by the Lowell Observatory in New Mexico to continue the search for a planet beyond Neptune, which had been initiated by Percival Lowell. Tombaugh used a blink microscope to compare photographs of a small part of the night sky and detect the planet. After ten months of painstaking comparisons, on February 18, 1930 he found Pluto in the constellation Gemini. Some of his ashes are carried on the New Horizons spacecraft, which was launched on Jan. 19, 2006 and is scheduled to fly by Pluto and its moon Charon in 2015. Lightly toned, stained and rippled. Gold ink printing is tarnished. Otherwise in fine condition.

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