COLONEL BUZZ ALDRIN - EPHEMERA UNSIGNED 1989 - HFSID 261919
Sale Price $1,020.00
Life mask of the second man to walk on the Moon, a unique piece of space history
Life mask unsigned. 4¼x10x3¾ mask on 5½x4x5½ base. Base has 3¾x2½ brass-colored plate with caption "Buzz Aldrin/Men From Earth/1989". This life mask is a unique piece of America's, and humanity's, space history. It's a life mask - a cast, really - taken of Aldrin's face, the second man to walk on the moon. Buzz Aldrin (born in 1930), a 1951 West Point graduate, had flown 66 missions in Korea, winning the Distinguished Flying Cross. He flew F-100s in Germany before persuading the Air Force to send him to M.I.T. for a doctorate. Although he was turned down for the astronaut program in 1962, Aldrin was later aboard one Gemini mission (Gemini 12), and became a close friend of astronaut Ed White, one of the Apollo I astronauts who died in a launch pad fire. Aldrin and Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong left the patch from that ill-fated mission on the surface of the Moon. During the Apollo 11 mission, Aldrin had piloted the Lunar Excursion Module, Eagle, and became the second man to walk on the Moon. Rear of mask is slightly chipped. Top of base is slightly scratched in rear (not visible from front). Otherwise, fine condition.
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