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Where can I get a copy of that Francis? Thanks for letting me know.
The newsletter, including current issue, can be found here. Enjoy!

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I am excited to announce that "We Came in Peace for all Mankind" won the Eric Hoffer notable book award. The award was in the "culture" category as a "notable" book.

Eric Hoffer was the son of German-Jewish immigrants. His work included "The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements" which discussed fanatical beliefs and is considered a great philosophical work.

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I am excited to announce that "We Came in Peace for all Mankind" won the Eric Hoffer notable book award. The award was in the "culture" category as a "notable" book.
CONGRATULATIONS Tahir! Delighted to see your book get some much-deserved recognition!!

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Thanks Francis! Here are comments from the award's "Best New Writing" publication:
In the summer of 1969, partly as a race against the Soviets but mostly as a promise to an assassinated President (JFK), the U.S. space program reached the culmination of an amazing journey by landing on the moon. Soon after that first boot print in dusty the lunar surface, a world-famous US flag was erected in the Sea of Tranquility, along with a lunar plaque and a tiny silicon disc. Rahman, in his beautiful coffee table book, tells the story of that disc and the glad tidings of the entire planet that accompanies it. It makes you long for the days of universal harmony.

- from the editors of Best New Writing 2008, Hopewell Productions

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Congratulations on the award and your book's success; it's on my "must-buy" list. But regarding the above review, I have to ask...When, exactly, were "The days of universal harmony?"

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Your comments are very true, I agree- there has never been universal harmony on this planet.

However, the moon landings did have a special place and interest for most people. It did unite most people. That says something about exploration in general. It says something about our own humility.

I am not naive enough to believe that everyone will just drop their weapons and war for space exploration. But it certainly gives a new dimensional experience that people stop to think about.

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For those in Kansas, Tahir will be taking part in two upcoming signings:

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And two more signings:

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It looks like Tahir Rahman will be the guest of honor at an upcoming book signing at the Kansas Cosmosphere.

I can't say enough about Tahir's book. It is great and should be on the shelf of every fan of the space program.

I would love to go but it looks like I am going to have to work one Saturday of this month and it is the 21st.

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Thanks for your kind words, Mike. It is fun to hear folks discuss the Apollo missions.

People that were lucky enough to have lived in that era are great to hear from. I hope to hear more stories from the public.

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A copy of the Apollo 11 silicon disc can be seen at this link. It is a "featured artifact" at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center. The disc will be located at the visitor's entrance to the Cosmosphere.

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An update on the silicon disc story:

I recently corresponded with a man that worked on the disc project at Sprague Electric Company.

The disc was encased in an aluminum holder, similar to a lady's compact mirror. It had eleven sides to symbolize Apollo-11. Only five cases were made- one of which flew to the Moon.

This story is not in my book, but I wanted to share it here.

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I just completed a great book signing event at the Csmosphere and met with Chris Orwoll, one of the directors. Several questions were asked which I thought might be good to clarify here:

How did you get the silicon disc messages?

They were in the Library of Congress Files.

Were all countires asked to submit a message?

Yes. Most replied but some did not. THe USSR is a notable example.

Did you meet Neil Armstrong?

Yes, I shook his hand at the SETP conference in California.

I also corresponded with Mr. Armstrong and sent him a copy of the book. He has read it and helped me correct a few errors I made (I initially misquoted him twice). He has granted me permission to use the photos and quotes of him as presented in the book.

I must say that many quotes attributed to him on the internet are wrong. I am amazed at how many of these erroneous quotes are out there. Some are fairly popular web sites.

Did you meet Buzz Aldrin?

Yes. Andrew Chaikin introduced me to Dr. Aldrin in Phoenix. Dr. Aldrin gave me permission to use quotes, photos and provided the communion card images for the book. He told me that the disc was in his sleeve pocket during the Apollo 11 EVA and that it was in a white Beta cloth pouch. He enjoyed seeing the images.

What will happen to the disc?

It is my hope that the Apollo 11 landing site remains undisturbed for future generations to enjoy as a historical landmark. I kind of think of it as the USS Arizona, just leave it the way it is found.

I am not sure if the U.S. Congress has ever addressed the issue of memorializing the landing site, but I hope it does some day. Since the Moon does not belong to any country, it can't exactly become a National Park.

There are two plaques at the landing site, one on the LEM and one on the silicon disc. Since they state, "We Came in Peace for all Mankind"- it is my hope that all mankind can repect and enjoy the place that humans first ventured off their planet.

Hope this helps answers some questions.

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Thanks for all of you that showed up to my Smithsonian Air and Space book signing event. Photos are available on the Amazon listing for the book.

I look forward to seeing the Udvar-Hazy museum at the Dulles airport in two weeks for my next signing. I have never been there before.

I learned a lot form the docents at the Smithsonian and felt honored to present them with information about the ceremonial aspects of Apollo 11. Also, a special thanks to Margaret Weitekamp (Apollo 11 curator). The 40th anniversary events should be exciting.

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Next Book Signings:

NASA Glenn Research Center
October 18-19, 2008

Smithsonian Steven Udvar-Hazy Museum
November 28, 2008 (12-5 PM)

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
November 29, 2008 (12-5 PM)

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I would hope that Tahir will sign some extra copies for the stores at the Smithsonian(s) for those of us that can't make the book signing dates.

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Tahir, where exactly in the National Air and Space Museum will you be?

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Tahir, we missed you last weekend at Glenn. I hope all is well. Is there anyway to get a signed copy from you or do you have plans to be in Michigan any time soon?

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Sorry that I was unable to attend the Glenn Center program. It has been difficult to juggle things around lately.

I do plan to attend the Smithsonian signings over the Thanksgiving break. I will keep posting here on updates. Thanks for your interest!

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The book signings are located near the gift shop. This is true of both the Hazy Center and the Smithsonian on the Mall.

There are very few of the first printing left. A second printing is planned for 2009. We will be producing books for a new retail price of just $28. All books are made in the USA.

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Here is an upcoming event that I will be presenting at in Missouri:
Reaching for the Moon: How the Gemini Program Culminated in Apollo 11

Award-winning Kansas City author Tahir Rahman will give a presentation on the NASA space program in the 1960s, focusing on Gemini’s contribution to development of the Apollo missions that eventually put men on the moon. In celebration of the upcoming fortieth anniversary of the first moon landing in 1969, Rahman will also discuss his new book, We Came in Peace for all Mankind. This book explores the role the U.S. space program played in global peace initiatives, with particular emphasis on the silicon disc left on the moon by Apollo 11 astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin containing messages of peace and hope from world leaders.

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Tahir, will the 2009 printing also be a hardcover?

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A new trailer for We Came in Peace for all Mankind:

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The new book is also hardcover, and is priced at $28. The new ISBN is 9780979677168. It is available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

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A book signing will occur after the event (below) at the Barnes and Noble located at the Columbia, Missouri mall from 4:30 to 6:30 P.M. on Saturday, Feb 21, 2009
Reaching for the Moon: How the Gemini Program Culminated in Apollo 11

Award-winning Kansas City author Tahir Rahman will give a presentation on the NASA space program in the 1960s, focusing on Gemini’s contribution to development of the Apollo missions that eventually put men on the moon. In celebration of the upcoming fortieth anniversary of the first moon landing in 1969, Rahman will also discuss his new book, We Came in Peace for all Mankind. This book explores the role the U.S. space program played in global peace initiatives, with particular emphasis on the silicon disc left on the moon by Apollo 11 astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin containing messages of peace and hope from world leaders.

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The State Historical Society of Missouri release
Space Historian to present Insights on Apollo, Gemini at the Society

The early history of the United States space program will be examined by author Tahir Rahman during his program "Reaching for the Moon: How the Gemini Project Culminated in Apollo 11" on Saturday, February 21, 2009, at 2:00 p.m. in The State Historical Society of Missouri Conference Room. Rahman will discuss the aspects of Project Gemini that made possible the Apollo missions and fulfilled President John F. Kennedy's goal of "landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth," as well as his book, We Came in Peace for All Mankind: The Untold Story of the Apollo 11 Silicon Disc.

Tahir Rahman is a Johns Hopkins University-trained psychiatrist who practices in Leawood, Kansas, but who has always maintained an interest in space history. Although he had previously studied many artifacts and documents related to the space program, it was his access to the Apollo 11 silicon disc that inspired him to write We Came in Peace for All Mankind. The disc, containing messages of peace and hope from world leaders, was left on the moon by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, the first men to walk on the moon's surface.

"Reaching for the Moon" is free and open to the public and is presented in conjunction with The St. Louis Gemini Story, an exhibit containing photos, documents, and editorial cartoons related to NASA's Gemini program currently on display in the Society's North-South Corridor Gallery. The State Historical Society of Missouri is located in Ellis Library at the intersection of Hitt Street and Lowry Mall on the University of Missouri campus, with parking available in three nearby garages.

About The State Historical Society of Missouri

Founded in 1898 by the Missouri Press Association and a trustee of the state since 1899, the Society is the preeminent research facility for the study of the Show Me State's heritage and a leader in programming designed to share that heritage with the public. Through educational outreach, such as the Missouri History Speakers' Bureau and genealogy workshops, or the performing arts, like MoHiP Theatre, the Society not only brings Missouri history to the state's citizens, but also gives Missourians the tools to uncover the history in their own lives.

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My talk at the University of Missouri was a lot of fun. I meant lots of interesting people - including some journalists that saw some of the Apollo launches.

I learned a lot about McDonnell in St. Loius. They built all of the Gemini space capsules. I saw some very cool unpublished pictures of Kennedy's visit there. Also several editorial cartoons questioning the spending on space exploration.

The crowd was great and I hope to do more lectures at other universities.

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For those in Virginia and Washington, DC, Tahir will be taking part in two upcoming signings:

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For those of you near Kansas City, I will be signing books at:

Barnes and Noble
119th and Roe (Leawood Town Center Plaza)
June 13, 2009, 1-3 PM

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My latest press release:
Neil Armstrong's Eloquent Words for Mankind Captured in Book that Details Intriguing and Unknown Story of Apollo 11 Lunar Landing

What influenced Neil Armstrong to utter his famous words, "That's one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind?" Could it have been the "forward step for all mankind" theme that Willis Shapley, a largely unknown figure at NASA, proposed to decision makers in February 1969? Exactly 40 years later, that is one of the topics that is explored in the acclaimed book "We Came in Peace for all Mankind: The Untold Story of the Apollo 11 Silicon Disc" by Tahir Rahman. Rahman, a space author, plans a book signing tour that kicks off at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum this summer.

What influenced Neil Armstrong to utter his famous words, "That's one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind?" Could it have been the "forward step for all mankind" theme that Willis Shapley, a largely unknown figure at NASA, proposed to decision makers in February 1969?

Exactly 40 years later, that is one of the topics that is explored in the acclaimed book "We Came in Peace for all Mankind: The Untold Story of the Apollo 11 Silicon Disc" by Tahir Rahman. Rahman, a space author, plans a book signing tour that kicks off at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum this summer.

The Apollo 11 astronauts left the stars and stripes, a plaque declaring "We Came in Peace for All Mankind," and a tiny silicon disc with encrypted messages from many world leaders. As U.S. State Department officials scrambled to solicit messages of goodwill from many nations, brilliant engineers used the latest semiconductor technology in 1969 to enshrine the messages on material suitable for the harsh lunar environment. NASA officials also wanted to make it clear that it was an American accomplishment while balancing "good taste" from a world perspective, without implying U.S. sovereignty on the moon, Rahman writes. Many leaders responded to the request.

One such message from the Ivory Coast stated: "...I also hope that he (first moonwalker) would tell the moon how beautiful it is when it illuminates the nights of the Ivory Coast. I especially wish that he would turn towards our planet Earth and cry out how insignificant the problems which torture men are, when viewed from up there..."

Another message from Eric Williams, the Prime Minister of Trinadad and Tobago, simply warned: "It is our earnest hope for mankind, that while we gain the moon, we shall not lose the world."

The second moonwalker, Buzz Aldrin, landed with Armstrong at the same time. Aldrin revealed some tense moments.

"Neil Armstrong and I almost forgot to leave the silicon disc on the moon, but no one should forget the messages beautifully portrayed in 'We Came in Peace for All Mankind.' The disc will last on the lunar surface for 1,000 years."

Aldrin had already climbed back into the lunar module when Armstrong reminded him about the disc. He removed the tiny package from his sleeve pocket and literally threw it onto the moon near the Sea of Tranquility.

Rahman, a space enthusiast for the past 15 years who lives in Kansas City, stumbled upon the fascinating story of the disc and a replica while searching for some space memorabilia in Florida. After much research, he found great stories behind the creation of the disc, which the first lunar astronauts almost forgot to leave on the moon. The fragile disc contains microscopic messages from 73 world leaders including Queen Elizabeth II, Indira Gandhi, the Shah of Iran and Pope Paul VI.

The book traces the history of the disc's development and includes a library of all the messages in their native script, such as Chinese, Arabic and Hebrew. There is an ornate framed microscopic message from Pope Paul VI.

The book is receiving rave reviews from space historians.

"Tahir Rahman's book tells for the first time the full story of this unique object--and in doing so, offers a fresh look at the symbolic importance of the first moon landing," writes Margaret A. Weitekamp, curator of the National Air and Space Museum at the Smithsonian Institution. "The glossy, elegant layout allows the reader to consider fully each note and its source."

The book was recently recognized with the Eric Hoffer Award for Excellence in Independent Publishing.

For more information, email info(at)silicondisc.com. Rahman's book is available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

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I just found out that John Sprague, the lead engineer of the silicon disc project from Sprague Electric will be attending the book signing with me on July 19 and 20 at the Udvar-Hazy museum in Chantilly, VA. He is willing to sign some books too.

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Looks like the Smithsonian has a great line up: Buzz Aldrin, Alan Bean, Mike Collins and Andrew Chaikin will all be signing there for the Apollo 11 40th Anniversary.

The gift shop folks are answering a tremendous number of phone calls. No, Neil Armstrong will not be signing...

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Looks like the Smithsonian has a great line up: Buzz Aldrin, Alan Bean, Mike Collins and Andrew Chaikin will all be signing there for the Apollo 11 40th Anniversary.

And you should not be too modest and not include yourself in that lineup, Tahir, with your July 19 signing at the Smithsonian's Udvar-Hazy facility. You have a wonderful book, perfectly themed for this anniversary, and I know that the folks visiting Udvar-Hazy are going to find it fascinating and informative. I'm looking forward to catching up with you one of these days and getting my copy signed too.

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Much appreciated, Francis.

The event at NASM is going to be historically significant. I hope these guys live long, but I can't help but think that this might be the last Apollo 11 reunion event. They are national treasures, as are the other Moon voyagers. I feel fortunate to have met some of them and to able to document some of their activities and contributions to mankind.

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Next book signings:
  • Auburn University - "The Eagle Has Landed" symposium. July 16, 2009. I will be giving a talk there also.

  • Smithsonian Udvar-Hazy Museum - July 18-19. Silicon Disc project engineer will be there to sign the books as well.

Also a new recommended reading list.

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Summer reading recommendations by the Sacramento Bee includes "We Came in Peace for all Mankind".

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I just found out that John Sprague, the lead engineer of the silicon disc project from Sprague Electric will be attending the book signing with me on July 19 and 20 at the Udvar-Hazy museum in Chantilly, VA. He is willing to sign some books too.
I wonder if anyone could get me a signed copy of this book (signed by John Sprague). I live in the UK.

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You can try contacting the Store Manager at the Udvar-Hazy museum. His name is Bill Dawson. Here is is his e-mail: BDawson@si.edu

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Your signed book will be sent out by the Smithsonian. Thanks for ordering from them!


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