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c1969. Pin and Ribbon. Button is 1.75 inches in diameter. Images of William Anders, Frank Borman, and Jim Lovell in astronaut suits (minus helmets). Attached to the back is a 4.5 inch purple ribbon that says Welcome Back to Earth Dec. 21-27 1968 and there are two images of globes. A pin-back button or pinback button, pin button, button badge, or simply pin-back or badge, is a button or badge that can be temporarily fastened to the surface of a garment using a safety pin, or a pin formed from wire, a clutch or other mechanism. This fastening mechanism is anchored to the back side of a button-shaped metal disk, either flat or concave, which leaves an area on the front of the button to carry an image or printed message. The word is commonly associated with a campaign button used during a political campaign. The first design for a pin-back button in the United States was patented in 1896, and contemporary buttons have many of the same design features.
Taito, Japan: Bandai Co. Ltd., 1997. Presumed First production. Figurine. Approximately 5.5 inches tall by 3 inches by 2.5 inches. Slight wear (example--part of 'n' in Bean worn away). Arms, legs and head can move. This appears to be the Astronaut figurine from the Power Rangers in Space Alan Bean & Black Power Ranger Heroes of Space collectible. THIS IS ONLY THE ALAN BEAN FIGURE! Alan LaVern Bean (March 15, 1932 – May 26, 2018) was an American naval officer and naval aviator, aeronautical engineer, test pilot, and NASA astronaut; he was the fourth person to walk on the Moon. He was selected to become an astronaut by NASA in 1963 as part of Astronaut Group 3. He made his first flight into space aboard Apollo 12, the second manned mission to land on the Moon, at age 37 in November 1969. He made his second and final flight into space on the Skylab 3 mission in 1973, the second manned mission to the Skylab space station. After retiring from the United States Navy in 1975 and NASA in 1981, he pursued his interest in painting, depicting various space-related scenes and documenting his own experiences in space as well as that of his fellow Apollo program astronauts. He was the last living crew member of Apollo 12.
Washington DC: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2007. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Wraps. Format is approximately 8.5 inches by 11 inches. , 170,  pages. Illustrations (many in color). Appendices (Strategic Goals, Missions, References, and Abbreviations and Acronyms). Cover has some wear and soiling. NASA's Science Mission Directorate conducts scientific exploration that is enabled by access to space. We project humankind's vantage point into space with observatories in Earth orbit and deep space, spacecraft visiting the Moon and other planetary bodies, and robotic landers, rovers, and sample return missions. From space, in space, and about space, NASA's science vision encompasses questions as practical as hurricane formation, as enticing as the prospect of lunar resources, and as profound as the origin of the Universe. To ensure the success of the space program through generations to come, we must have simple, but compelling, long-term goals and a coherent, thoughtful plans to achieve them.
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1999. First Printing [Stated]. Hardcover. 415,  pages. Notes. Index. Signed by author on title page. Autographed sticker on front of DJ. Joel Leroy Achenbach (born December 31, 1960) is an American staff writer for The Washington Post and the author of seven books, including A Hole at the Bottom of the Sea, The Grand Idea, Captured by Aliens, It Looks Like a President only Smaller, and three compilations of his former syndicated newspaper column "Why Things Are". He is a contributor to many publications, including Slate and National Geographic, where he is a former monthly columnist. Mr. Achenbach has been a commentator on National Public Radio's Morning Edition, and does occasional lectures and other speaking engagements. In addition to his work in the print version of The Washington Post, Achenbach was one of the first Post writers to have a significant presence on the Internet and formerly wrote the popular Post blog, "The Achenblog," which ended in March 2017.
New York: Random House, 2003. First Edition. Hardcover. ix, , 239,  pages. Illustrations. Notes. Bibliography. Index. Foreword by Lynn Sherr. Fascinating profiles of thirteen extraordinary women--all pilots who passed the same battery of tests as the Mercury 7 astronauts--who were chosen as America's first female astronauts but who were refused the opportunity to participate. Martha Ackmann (born February 11, 1951) is a journalist and author. Her books include The Mercury 13: The True Story of Thirteen Women and the Dream of Space Flight, Curveball: The Remarkable Story of Toni Stone, and These Fevered Days: Ten Pivotal Moments in the Making of Emily Dickinson. Curveball was adapted for the stage and had its world premiere with the Roundabout Theatre in 2019. Ackmann's essays and op-eds have appeared in publications including the New York Times and the Washington Post. She taught at Mount Holyoke College from 1986 - 2016. She taught a seminar on Emily Dickinson. She is a past president of the Emily Dickinson International Society and co-founder of Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers. Ackmann’s books focus on "women who’ve changed America," with special attention to recovering stories of women who have fallen between the cracks of history. Her first book, The Mercury 13, detailed the largely unknown story of thirteen American women pilots who were tested to be astronauts in the early days of the US space program. In 2007, the University of Wisconsin awarded the Mercury 13 women honorary degrees and commended Ackmann for embodying "the ideas of social justice and equity in the public sphere."
New York: Three Rivers Press, 2010. First Paperback Edition [stated]. First printing [stated]. Trade paperback. x, , 336,  pages. Illustrations (some in color). A Note About ShareSpace. Index. Cover has some wear and soiling. Inscribed on half-title by Aldrin. Buzz Aldrin (born Edwin Eugene Aldrin Jr., January 20, 1930) is an American engineer and former astronaut. As the Lunar Module Pilot on Apollo 11, he was one of the first two humans to land on the Moon, and the second person to walk on it. He is a former U.S. Air Force officer with the Command Pilot rating. He also went into orbit on the Gemini 12 mission, finally achieving the goals for EVA (space-walk work) that paved the way to the Moon and success for the Gemini program. In January 1963, Aldrin earned a Sc.D. degree in astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he had been assigned as a graduate student (under the auspices of the Air Force Institute of Technology) since 1959. His doctoral thesis was Line-of-Sight Guidance Techniques for Manned Orbital Rendezvous. On completion of his doctorate, he was assigned to the Gemini Target Office of the Air Force Space Systems Division in Los Angeles before his selection as an astronaut. Aldrin was chosen for the crew of Apollo 11 and made the first lunar landing with commander Neil Armstrong on July 20, 1969. Aldrin's first words on the Moon were "Beautiful view." Then, in response to Armstrong asking, "Isn't it magnificent?", he responded, "Magnificent desolation." He was also the first person to urinate while on the Moon.
Washington DC: National Geographic, 2013. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Hardcover. FEP torn out roughly. xiii, , 258 pages. Illustrations (some in color). Appendix. Index. First remaining page is half-title page. Signed by Aldrin on title page. Cover has some wear and soiling. Foreword by Andrew Aldrin. Buzz Aldrin (born Edwin Eugene Aldrin Jr.; January 20, 1930) is an American engineer, former astronaut, and Command Pilot in the United States Air Force. As Lunar Module Pilot on the Apollo 11 mission, he and mission commander Neil Armstrong were the first two humans to land on the Moon. Aldrin set foot on the Moon at 03:15:16 on July 21, 1969 (UTC), 9 minutes after Armstrong first touched the surface. One of his first missions was on Gemini 12 where he successfully proved that extravehicular activity (EVA) could be performed by astronauts, spending over 5 hours outside the craft, thus achieving the goals of the Gemini program and paving the way for the Apollo program. Leonard David is a space journalist, reporting on space activities for over 50 years. He was past editor of Final Frontier, as well as NSS' Ad Astra and Space World magazines. He also contributes to the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Aerospace America magazine.
Norwalk, CT: The Easton Press, 1997. Collector's Edition. Limited Edition, Number 1103 of 3000. Leather bound. xxii, 312,  pages. Color Frontis Illustration. Illustrations References Notes. Index. Removed from original shrinkwrap for cataloguing. The Easton Press's books are known for their elegant covers. Each book has the following features: Bound in genuine leather; Spine accented with 22 kt gold; Printed on archival paper; and Gilded page edges. The special contents of this edition were copyrighted in 1997 by The Easton Press. Facsimile signature of Buzz Aldrin on front cover. Authentic signature of Buzz Aldrin is on the Collector's Edition page above the number of the limited edition. Laid in is a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Buzz Aldrin and dated 11-20-96 and witnessed by Lois Aldrin and dated 11-20-96. The certificate indicated that the Author received 25 additional unnumbered copies over and above the 3000 individually numbered copies. The Certificate is also signed by Roy S. Pfeil, Publisher. Thus there are two Aldrin autographs! Also laid in is an unattached Easton bookplate.
n.p. n.p., 1977. First Printing. Wraps. 64 pages. Wraps. Profusely illustrated (some in color). Cover has some wear and soiling This was published prior to the first Space Shuttle launch. The Space Shuttle was a partially reusable low Earth orbital spacecraft system operated by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), as part of the Space Shuttle program. Its official program name was Space Transportation System (STS). The first of four orbital test flights occurred in 1981, leading to operational flights beginning in 1982. Five complete Shuttle systems were built and used on a total of 135 missions from 1981 to 2011, launched from the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. Operational missions launched numerous satellites, interplanetary probes, and the Hubble Space Telescope (HST); conducted science experiments in orbit; and participated in construction and servicing of the International Space Station. The Shuttle fleet's total mission time was 1322 days, 19 hours, 21 minutes and 23 seconds.
Kennedy Space Center, FL: TWA Services Inc., 1983. Second Revision. Wraps. 68 pages. Wraps. Profusely illustrated (many color). This booklet has information on the first four Shuttle missions. Cover has some wear and soiling. The Space Shuttle was a partially reusable low Earth orbital spacecraft system operated by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), as part of the Space Shuttle program. Its official program name was Space Transportation System (STS). The first of four orbital test flights occurred in 1981, leading to operational flights beginning in 1982. Five complete Shuttle systems were built and used on a total of 135 missions from 1981 to 2011, launched from the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. Operational missions launched numerous satellites, interplanetary probes, and the Hubble Space Telescope (HST); conducted science experiments in orbit; and participated in construction and servicing of the International Space Station. The Shuttle fleet's total mission time was 1322 days, 19 hours, 21 minutes and 23 seconds.