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Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-27-2012 10:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 personal preference kits

...[Armstrong] has never released any information about the contents of his PPK. He agreed to do so for publication in this book, but was reported he was unable to find the manifest among his many papers. All he had to say about what he took with him to the Moon was: "In my PPK I had some Apollo 11 medallions, some jewelry for my wife and mother [simply the gold olive branch for each], and some things for other people.

He is most clear about, and most proud of, the pieces of the historic Wright Flyer that he took to the moon. Under a special arrangement with the the U.S. Air Force Museum in Dayton, he took in his LM PPK a piece of wood from the Wright brothers' 1903 airplane's left propeller and a piece of muslin fabric (8x13 inches) from its upper left wing.

Armstrong also took along his college fraternity pin from Purdue, which he later donated for display at Phi Delta Thera's headquarters in Oxford, Ohio. — "First Man" by James Hansen, 2005.

The biography states that Armstrong flew nothing for himself or his sons, but with his passing, it is possible that the recipients of other items from his PPK may come forward. For example, the Latin American Herald Tribune reported on Aug. 27 that Armstrong carried a pennant for an Argentine soccer team.
Astronaut Neil Armstrong, who died earlier this weekend, carried a pennant belonging to Argentina's Independiente de Avellaneda on his history-making 1969 trip to the Moon.

...The space pioneer said he had carried the pennant to the Moon, confirming statements by team officials that had been called into question by the public in Argentina at the time.

What other items, or additional details, do we know about the items carried to the moon by Neil Armstrong?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-27-2012 01:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The below flown Scout Badge was posted to Facebook over the weekend.

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posted 08-27-2012 04:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's probably worth mentioning the 214 Apollo 11 flown commemorative covers carried by the crew, of which 47 were Armstrong's.

Howard Weinberger states:

No covers from Armstrong have ever been offered to the market and he has confirmed that he is still in possession of all 47, and that none have been distributed or destroyed.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-27-2012 04:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The linked article includes an illustration of the single paper bag that "kept the
Apollo 11 flown covers together." Unless I am misinterpreting its use, that would suggest that all the covers flew together, rather than in individual PPKs.

If so, and given that the writing on the bag is in Aldrin's hand, it is possible that the covers were not a part of Armstrong's PPK (which could help explain Armstrong's comment that he did not fly anything for himself).

Robert Pearlman
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posted 02-26-2013 08:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Phi Delta Theta pin flown on Apollo 11 by Neil Armstrong [via Reddit]

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posted 03-03-2013 06:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for YankeeClipper   Click Here to Email YankeeClipper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Up for auction in the April 2013 Heritage Space Exploration Signature Auction is Lot ID 50005, an 20 Franc coin and necklace, ex Trish Butte/Jay Barbree.

The coin and necklace were given to Neil Armstrong by Jim Lovell to be flown in Armstrong's Apollo 11 PPK on behalf of Trish Butte, "The Folksinger To The Astronauts."

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