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Buzz Aldrin (Edwin Eugene Aldrin Jr.) became 89 in January.

(FoxNews) – A number of Apollo 11 artifacts that were owned by Buzz Aldrin
(above) will be up for auction at Sotheby’s later this month.

The Apollo 11 lunar module pilot has consigned 11 items for auction, which
include pages from the mission’s flown flight plan and flown data file. They
include a “Mission Rules Summary; from the Apollo 11 data file, which
details the steps to be followed following a spacecraft malfunction. The
sheet has a pre-sale estimate of $30,000 to $50,000.

The first and last pages of the flown Apollo 11 Flight Plan are also up for
auction. The first page, which begins with the words “LIFTOFF,” has a pre-
sale estimate of $30,000 to $50,000. The final page describes the activities
to be performed during the last 2 hours of the mission and has a pre-sale
estimate of $25,000 to $35,000. All of the sheets in the auction are signed
by Aldrin.

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The circular patch depicts a Mercury capsule and a map of Florida, indicating the ballistic path of the capsule into the Atlantic Ocean. The words say: "Mercury 3 – Shepard – Freedom 7"

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Astronaut Alan B. Shepard, Jr., walking on the deck of the aircraft
carrier USS Champlain on May 5, 1961, after the return of his
Mercury spacecraft Freedom 7 (in background) from the first
manned suborbital al flight.

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President John F. Kennedy (right) congratulates astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr., (left) the first American in space, on his historic May
5th, 1961 ride in the Freedom 7 spacecraft and presents him with
the NASA Distinguished Service Award. 


Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr. (November 18, 1923 – July 21, 1998)

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Eli Whitney received a patent for his cotton gin on this day in 1794.

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Sir Michael Caine (Maurice Joseph Micklewhite) is 86 today.

Michael Caine is an English actor, producer and author. He has appeared in
more than 130 films in a career spanning 70 years and is considered a


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Quincy Delight Jones Jr. is also 86 day.

Quincy Jones is Influential record producer, arranger, and musician of
many film scores, classic albums, and hit songs. He is perhaps best
known for producing multiple albums by the great
Michael Jackson,
including 1982’s Thriller and 1987’s Bad. In 2013, he was inducted into
the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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John Glenn made space history on this day in 1962 when he orbited
the Earth three times in 4 hours, 55 minutes, becoming the first
American to do so. He was aboard the Friendship 7 Mercury
capsule (above).

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Mercury 6 launches Friendship 7 from NASA’s Kennedy
Space Center.

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Here's What John Glenn saw on February 20, 1962.  Just 5 minutes and 44 seconds after launch, Glenn offered his first words about the view from his porthole: “This is Friendship 7. Can see clear back; a big cloud pattern way back across towards the Cape. Beautiful sight.” Three hours later, at the beginning of his third orbit, Glenn photographed this panoramic view of Florida from the Georgia border (right, under clouds) to just north of Cape Canaveral. His American homeland was 162 miles (260 kilometers) below. “I have the Cape in sight down there,” he noted to mission controllers. “It looks real fine from up here. I can see the whole state of Florida just laid out like on a map. Beautiful.”  Image via NASA
Here’s what John Glenn saw while orbiting the Earth. 

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Friendship 7 capsule after splashdown.

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The successful mission concluded with a splashdown and recovery
in the Atlantic Ocean, 800 miles southeast of Bermuda.

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Sir Sidney Poitier is 92-years-old today.

Actor, director, and diplomat Sidney Poitier became the first
African American to win an Oscar after performing in Lilies
of the Field (1963). The films Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
(1967) To Sir, with Love (1967) and In the Heat of the Night
(1967), additionally bolstered his fame. The American Film
Institute called him one of the 25 Greatest Male Stars of All
Time in 1999.

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Buzz Aldrin (Edwin Eugene Aldrin Jr.)

The second person to ever walk on the moon, Buzz Aldrin was the pilot of
NASA’s Apollo 11 mission and was a member of the third group of astronauts
ever selected by NASA. He served as an astronaut from his selection in 1963
until his retirement in 1971. Aldrin served as an U.S. Air Force officer and had
a Command Pilot rating. Appropriately enough, his mother’s maiden name
was Moon.

Aldrin in a space suit stands on the grey soil of the Moon. Armstrong and the lunar module are reflected in his visor.
Aldrin walks on the surface of the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission
in 1969.

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