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The Extraordinary Success of NASA's Apollo 11 Changed World History

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Thu, Jul 25, 2013 @ 02:15 PM

John F Kennedy White House photo portrait looking up
PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY SETS EXPECTIONS FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS

Addressing Congress on May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy said, “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth”

This objective was important because developments in the Soviet Union and elsewhere had overshadowed advancements in the United States. Putting a man on the moon proved to be very expensive and high-risk but the success of this mission achieved its objective of elevating the United States to a new level of world leadership.

liftoff of Apollo 11

AMERICANS WATCH IN AWE AS THE APOLLO 11 BEGINS ITS JOURNEY TO THE MOON

Lift Off

It was 9:32 AM on July 16, 1969 at Kennedy Space Center, FL when Neil Armstrong, “Buzz” Aldrin, and Michael Collins were launched into space headed toward the Moon. Despite many months of intensive training, they nervously thought about the journey ahead while the thrusting force pressed them against their seats.

The Apollo 11 was made up of several parts. Later in the mission, the lunar module would detach and land on the moon. Armstrong and Aldrin would use it to conduct their research and experiments on the moon while Collins continued orbiting the moon in the command module. Later the lunar module would reattach to the command module to return them to Earth. The crew nicknamed the command module “Columbia” and the lunar module “Eagle,” which Armstrong referred to when he auspiciously announced, “The Eagle has landed.”

Apollo 11 eagle patch

THIS EAGLE PATCH COMMEMMORATES THE APOLLO 11 MISSION TO THE MOON

Television Address

On the last evening in space, the Apollo astronauts addressed the American public via television and commented on their experiences during the mission.

Commander Neil Armstrong said: "…The responsibility for this flight lies first with history and with the giants of science who have preceded this effort; next with the American people, who have, through their will, indicated their desire; next with four administrations and their Congresses, for implementing that will; and then, with the agency and industry teams that built our spacecraft, the Saturn, the Columbia, the Eagle, and the little EMU, the spacesuit and backpack that was our small spacecraft out on the lunar surface.

We would like to give special thanks to all the Americans who built the spacecraft; who did the construction, design, tests, and put their hearts and their abilities into those craft. To those people tonight, we give a special thank you, and to all the other people listening and watching tonight, God bless you. Good night from Apollo 11."

NASA

NEIL ARMSTRONG - THE FIRST MAN TO WALK ON THE MOON

Lunar Module Pilot, Edwin "Buzz" E. Aldrin, Jr. said: “This has been far more than three men on a mission to the Moon; more, still, than the efforts of a government and industry team; more, even, than the efforts of one nation. We feel that this stands as a symbol of the insatiable curiosity of all mankind to explore the unknown. Today I feel we're fully capable of accepting expanded roles in the exploration of space.”

Global Impact

This success of this mission, landing men on the Moon and returning them safely back to Earth, was an extraordinary event. It set the stage for many future explorations and accomplished the task of elevating the global status of the technological and political status of the US.

Apollo 11 crew

AUTOGRAPHED PHOTOGRAPH OF APOLLO 11 ASTRONAUTS

Artifacts

The commemoration of Apollo 11 has been widespread with historical memorabilia and anniversary celebrations. Raleigh DeGeer Amyx has been an avid collector of American artifacts for more than 25 years. He is proud to include an autographed official NASA portrait of the Apollo 11 astronauts in his collection of museum-quality items.

Select pieces in this overall collection may soon be available for sale or trade. If you have a serious interest, please fill out the contact form below. Mr. Amyx would appreciate the opportunity to engage in a confidential discussion with you about a topic or item of interest.

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NEIL ARMSTRONG PASSES AWAY, BUT ASTRONAUT'S ENDURING LEGACY LIVES ON

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Thu, Aug 30, 2012 @ 02:00 PM

On Saturday, August 25, 2012, NASA and the people of the United States suffered a tremendous loss, when Neil Armstrong, the first human who walked on the moon, died. Armstrong, who, as the commander of the Apollo 11 spacecraft, stepped foot on the moon, on July 20, 1969, and uttered those famous words, “This is one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.”

NEIL ARMSTRONG|THE RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION|NEIL ARMSTRONG - AMERICAN SPACE PIONEER THAT WAS TO BE CHOSEN TO COMMAND THE FIRST LUNAR LANDING

Armstrong was one of three astronauts who were made famous on that day in July 1969. His fellow astronauts included Michael Collins and Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin.

Many of us still remember that day when the whole world was watching and listening to the broadcast that would launch the careers of the famous trio of American astronauts.

APOLLO 11|THE RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION|APOLLO 11 COMMAND MODULE - BREATHTAKING ADVENTURE BY CREW IN 1969

At the time, the fascination with space travel, in particular the manned mission to the moon was deeply ingrained in the American psyche. We were of one mind that it was indeed our obligation to explore space, a focus that ensured the United States’ dominance as a world leader in space exploration. NASA, and in particular, Neil Armstrong, catapulted the space program into the juggernaut that was back in the late 60’s. For many years after that famous moon mission, NASA provided the inspiration for other individuals who joined the astronaut program.

NEIL ARMSTRONG|THE RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION|THREE YEARS PRIOR TO ACTUAL MOON LAUNCH THE, TO BE,  LEGENDARY NEIL ARMSTRONG IS ASSISTED BY THE HIGHLY SKILLED NASA STAFF

At an early age, Armstrong had developed a fascination with flight, and when he was 16, earned his student pilot's license. Later, in 1949, when he was attending studying aeronautical engineering at Purdue University, he was called to duty to serve in the Korean War. During this military conflict, Armstrong flew over 75 combat missions in his capacity as a U.S. Navy pilot. He left the service in 1952, and returned to college. A few years later, he joined the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), which later became the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

THE RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION|NEIL ARMSTRONG|THE 38 YEAR OLD FORMER COMBAT PILOT AND TEST PILOT GOES ON TO A LEGENDARY NASA SPACE ENDEAVOR,  WHICH RESULTS IN BECOMING THE FIRST HUMAN TO WALK ON THE SURFACE OF THE MOON

At NASA, Armstrong proved time and time again his skills and exemplary knowledge of aeronautical engineering, and applied this expertise in all facets of his career. His excellence in performance would not go unnoticed.

Neil Armstrong joined the astronaut program in 1962, and four years later, served as command pilot for his first mission, Gemini VIII. He and his fellow astronaut David Scott were launched into the earth's orbit on March 16, 1966.

NEIL ARMSTRONG|APOLLO 11 LIFT OFF|THE RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION|LIFT-OFF 1969 - THE MAGNIFICENT AND GROUND-BREAKING APOLLO 11

Armstrong’s mettle would be tested in 1969. Alongside Michael Collins and Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin, he was part of NASA's first manned mission to the moon. The three men were launched into space on July 16, 1969. Serving as the mission's commander, Armstrong piloted the Lunar Module to the moon's surface on July 20, 1969, with Buzz Aldrin aboard. Collins remained on the Command Module.

NEIL ARMSTRONG|BUZZ COLLINS|THE RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION|NEIL ARMSTORNG AND BUZZ COLLINS - THE 1969 APOLLO 11 MOON LANDING WAS AN HISTORICAL EVENT THAT CHANGED SPACE EXPLORATION FOREVER

Watching this historical event unfold before our eyes was riveting, to say the least. The international community was fixated on the mission and witnessed for the very first time, solid evidence that man was capable of developing a first-rate space program.

On July 24, 1969, the Apollo 11 craft came splashing down in the Pacific Ocean. Not long after their return, the three astronauts were given a warm welcome home.

NEIL ARMSTRONG|THE RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION|A YOUNG COMMANDER - NEIL ARMSTRONG -  NOT LONG BEFORE HE IS TO RECEIVE ALONG WITH MICHAEL COLLINS AND BUZZ ALDRIN A DESERVED HEROES WELCOME THORUGHOUT THE U.S.A. AND MUCH OF THE FREE WORLD

Feted in a gigantic ticker-tape parade, Armstrong, Collins, and Aldrin were jubilantly greeted by throngs of people who lined the streets of New York City to cheer the triumphant heroes. Armstrong received numerous awards for his efforts, including the Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.

GEORGE BUSH APOLLO 11|THE RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION|THE APOLLO 11 CREW IS WELCOMED BY PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH TO THE OVAL OFFICE ON THE 35TH ANNIVERSARY OF THEIR 1969 LUNAR MOON LANDING - LEFT TO RIGHT: MICHAEL COLLINS, PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH, NEIL ARMSTRONG AND BUZZ ALDRIN

 Serving as deputy associate administrator for aeronautics, Armstrong remained with NASA until 1971. After leaving NASA, he joined the faculty of the University of Cincinnati as a professor of aerospace engineering, where he remained for eight years. In addition, as a result of his desire to remain active in his field, he served as chairman of Computing Technologies for Aviation, Inc., from 1982 to 1992.

NEIL ARMSTRONG|THE RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION|HAVING NO REAL CONCEPT AT THE TIME, OF HIS NEAR END OF LIFE, THE GREAT PIONEER, NEIL ARMSTRONG, APPEARS ONLY A YEAR BEFORE HIS UNFORTUNATE DEATH AS A RESULT OF SURGICAL BYPASS COMPLICATIONS

 In early August 2012, Armstrong underwent a heart bypass operation. A few weeks later, on August 25, 2012, Neil Armstrong passed away, as a result of complications arising from a cardiovascular surgical procedure at the age of 82.

 Neil Armstrong's legacy and commitment to space exploration will forever be indelible in the minds and hearts of people all over the world. His legacy will endure for all Americans who stood united on that day in July, 1969, when he became the first person to step foot on the moon.

apollo 11 astronauts signed photo

RARE JEWEL OF THIS 1969 HISTORICAL EVENT: THIS AUTOGRAPHED PHOTO OF APOLLO 11 ASTRONAUTS -  THE RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION

We are indeed proud and honored to present an extremely rare signed photograph of the three famous Apollo astronauts. This rare gem is a fitting tribute to the three men who through their extraordinary and historical mission instilled inspiration and fascination of space exploration for generations of Americans.

apollo 11 patch

THE OFFICIAL APOLLO 11 MOON MISSION PATCH

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ONE OF 1ST 7 ASTRONAUTS -THE BOY SCOUT CARD OF ASTRONAUT GUS GRISSOM

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Sat, Jul 23, 2011 @ 08:31 AM


Gus Grissom (1926 -1967) Featured within this Publication are the Beautiful Graphics of Grissom's Circa 1942, Official Folding Boy Scout Card. This was issued to a Youthful future Pioneer Astronaut, Virgil “Gus” Grissom, During World War II.

ASTRONAUT GRISSOM|GUS GRISSOM|FIRST ASTRONAUTS|FIRST 7 ASTRONAUTS|THE RALEIGH DEGEER AMYCX COLLECTION|THE AMERICAN HERITAGE COLLECTION|PIONEER ASTRONAUT - GUS GRISSOM
AMERICAN PATRIOT

The Future Astronaut, Gus Grissom,  Signed his Boy Scout Card when he was 16 Years of Age - and only 5 Feet Tall. The Bold Signature - “Virgil Grissom” can be seen in the Bottom Right-Hand Corner. Gus Grissom, a Korean F-86 Saber Jet Fighter Pilot, Flew 100 Combat Missions in Korea. After Returning from Korea, the Future Astronaut became a Test Pilot at Edwards Air Force Base as well as at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

ASTRONAUT GUS GRISSOM|GUS GRISSOM|THE RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION|THE AMERICN HERITAGE COLLECTION|ASTRONAUT GUS GRISSOM AS A YOUTH - 1943 BOY SCOUT CARD

GUS GRISSOM|BOY SCOUT CARD|ASTRONAUT GUS GRISSOM|FIRST ASTRONAUTS|THE RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION|THE AMERICAN HERITAGE COLLECTION|A VIVID CLOSE-UP OF THE VERSO OF GUS GRISSOM'S BOY SCOUT CARD - AS FILLED OUT AND SIGNED BY THE FUTURE ASTRONAUT - IN 1943 AT THE AGE OF 16

A Recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Congressional Space Medal of Honor, Gus Grissom, One of the First 7 Pioneer Astronauts, Selected for the NASA Program,  Died still a Young Man on January 27, 1967. Astronaut Virgil I "Gus" Grissom, Died in a Dramatic Fire while still Sitting Inside the Apollo I Space Capsule, during a Training Exercise. The Fiery Capsule also Entombed Astronauts Ed White and Roger Chaffee. In one Dastardly Moment 3 of America's First 26 Apollo Astronauts Perished.

Despite this Major Historic Setback, NASA somehow Persevered and Ultimately Reached the Moon only 2.5 Years Later - In the Summer of 1969. Th eventual and Dramatic  Apollo 11 Moon Landing, in 1969, fulfilled the Mandated Dream of President John F. Kennedy -  to Land Men on the Moon and Return the Astronauts Safely to Earth before the Decade of the 60's was concluded.

FRIST SEVEN ASTRONAUTS|GUS GRISSOM|THE RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION|THE AMERICAN HERITAGE COLLECTION|AMERICA'S GOLDEN SEVEN - THE FIRST NASA SPACE PIONEER  ASTRONAUTS - GUS GRISSOM TOP ROW CENTER

This Historic Piece has been in The Collection of Raleigh DeGeer Amyx (a.k.a.) The American Heritage Collection for nearly two Decades. One day soon, this Historic Piece will be in the Collection of another Noted Collector or it will reside in an Institution.

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NASA - RARE OMEGA WATCHES - WORN BY THE ORIGNAL 26 APOLLO ASTRONAUTS

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Wed, Jun 29, 2011 @ 03:29 PM

 A Prized Possession in The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection is - One of Only 26 - of the 18K Gold Omega Watches - Designed and Custom-Made Especially for The First 26 Apollo Astronauts - plus one for The Commander in Chief -  President Richard M. Nixon. And finally there was one for Vice President Spiro Agnew. There were zero others Manufactured by Omega.

nasa|omega apollo watch|omega 18k watch|mercury astronauts|gemini astronauts|the raleigh degeer amyx collection|raleigh degeer amyx|the american heritage collection|nasa memorabilia|astronauts memorabilia|STUNNING 18K GOLD OMEGA WATCH - ISSUED ONLY TO THE FIRST 26 APOLLO MOON ASTRONAUTS

There is Detailed Historical Accompanying Provenance - and the Hand Engraving on the verso was Exactly as Omega and NASA Wanted, just prior to when they were to make the Omega Presentation to The 26 Apollo Astronauts and/or their wives, at a Special Presidential Dinner in New York City, so many years ago.

FIRST 7 ASTRONAUTS|GUS GRISSOM|JOHN GLENN|ALAN SHEPARD|ASTONAUTS MEMORABILIA|APOLLO ASTRONAUTS|THE RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION|THE AMERICAN HERITAGE COLLECTION|NASA MEMORABILIA|AMERICA'S GOLDEN SEVEN - THE FIRST 7 PIONEER ASTRONAUTS

 Note the Verso of this Superior Omega time-piece. Also, please observe that on these photographically featured shots we did find it necessary to Digitally Remove the actual Name of The Apollo Astronaut, as well as the Official number of the actual Mercury and Gemini Space Missions.

THE ORIGINAL ASTRONAUTS|THE MERCURY ASTRONAUTS|THE GEMINI ASTRONAUTS|THE 7 ASTRONAUTS|THE RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION|RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX|THE AMERICAN HERITAGE COLLLECTION|NASA MEMORABILIA|THE STUNNING APOLLO 18K GOLD WATCH - ONE OF ONLY 26 ISSUED - WAS FOR ONE OF THESE ORIGINAL 7 NASA ASTRONAUTS

 However, it can and should be shared with our readers that this particular Omega 18K Apollo Watch was issued to One of the Original 7 Pioneer Astronauts. The Historic Notation on the Verso of each Omega Apollo Watch reads, in part, "To Mark Man's Conquest In Space With Time, Through Time, On Time".

Until a decison has been made to part with this Historic Omega-NASA Apollo Issue, one of only 26, this Rare Time-Piece is in The Collection of Raleigh DeGeer Amyx.

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