This original 1969 APOLLO 11 souvenir pin with ribbon shows astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and Michael Collins.
In 1961, President John Kennedy and NASA wanted to put a man on the moon. To many people, it seemed like a crazy, impossible idea.
Less than ten years later, Apollo 11 blasted off on July 16, 1969. Four days later, Armstrong and Aldrin landed on the moon in the Lunar Module. It was called the Eagle. Collins stayed in orbit around the moon. He did experiments and took pictures.
On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first human to step on the moon. He and Aldrin walked around for three hours. They did experiments. They picked up bits of moon dirt and rocks. They put a U.S. flag on the moon and a plaque. It said, "Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the moon July 1969, A.D. We came in peace for all mankind."
The two astronauts returned to orbit, joining Collins. On July 24, 1969, all three astronauts came back to Earth safely.
This original celluloid on tin pin measures 1 7/8 across by 6 inches high with the purple ribbon that hangs from it.
Ribbon is printed in silver lettering...U.S.A. FIRST MEN ON THE MOON - JULY 20-21, 1969.
Pin and ribbon are in excellent vintage condition. A rare original NASA Space Program souvenir.
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Original 1969 APOLLO 11 Pin w/ Ribbon Space Program