signed by all twelve moonwalkers - a tremendous monument to the Apollo program
SPACE. Apollo Lunar Module lithograph signed by all twelve men who have walked on the Moon, dozens of other astronauts, and scores of NASA and Grumman officials and other figures associated with the Apollo program.
[NASA and Grumman], ca. 1972.
Lithograph signed by hundreds involved in the Apollo program. 24 x 20 in. Some toning, extremities with residue of old mounting, occasional fading. A stunning display piece.
The spectacular color lithograph of the Apollo Lunar Module is surrounded by more than 300 signatures including the twelve men who have walked on the Moon, 25 additional Apollo astronauts, various political and aerospace leaders, and numerous Grumman and NASA engineers, officers, and other personnel.
All twelve of the men who have walked on the Moon have signed this lithograph. Those twelve are part of an amazing array of dozens of Apollo astronauts who have signed the print. The crew of Apollo 1 died in the launch pad fire of 1967, which led to the cancellation of Apollo 2-3. Apollo 4-6 were unmanned missions. Thus the signatures begin with Apollo 7. The Apollo signers are Apollo 7: Walter Cunningham, Don Eisele; Apollo 8: Frank Borman, James Lovell, William Anders; Apollo 9: James McDivitt, David Scott, Rusty Schweickart; Apollo 10: Thomas P. Stafford, John W. Young, Eugene A. Cernan, L. Gordon Cooper, Jr.; Apollo 11: Neil A. Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins, Fred W. Haise, Jr.; Apollo 12: Charles “Pete” Conrad, Jr., Richard F. Gordon, Jr., Alan L. Bean; Apollo 13: Jack Swigert, Jim Lovell, Fred W. Haise, Jr.; Apollo 14: Alan B. Shepard, Jr., Stuart A. Roosa, Edgar Mitchell; Apollo 15: David R. Scott, Alfred M. Worden, James B. Irwin; Apollo 16: Charlie Duke, John W. Young, Thomas K. Mattingly; Apollo 17: Ronald E. Evans, Harrison H. Schmitt, Eugene Cernan.
Other distinguished figures who have signed this Apollo piece include Mercury 7 astronaut Deke Slayton, who made the Apollo crew assignments, aviation pioneer Charles Lindbergh, President Richard Nixon, and scores of the Grumman and NASA scientists, engineers and personnel who worked on the decade-long project.
The Apollo Lunar Module flew between the lunar surface and the Command and Service Module in orbit around the Moon. Grumman designed the vehicle for NASA. Grumman’s Chief Engineer for the Lunar Module, Herbert Grossman, assembled this spectacular array of signatures to commemorate the project. His wide-ranging access at NASA and his considerable tenacity made this dazzling display piece possible.
This visually stunning document is an irreplaceable monument to one of the great feats in the history of science and technology. Objects signed by all twelve moonwalkers are rare in the market.
Provenance: Herbert R. Grossman, Chief Engineer for the Lunar Module at Kennedy Space Center during the first manned missions to the Moon including Apollo 11.