Sunday, June 28, 2009


This is an interesting artifact. On July 21, 1969, Robert "Getruth" (Gilruth) received a telegram from the International Conference of Police Associations, commissioning "Spacemen Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin and Michael Collins" the first Peace Officers in space. While it was an honorary title, it was certainly expressed with a noble enthusiasm. Despite the obvious tongue-in-cheek nature of the memo, NASA filed everything... so here it is, 40 years later, for our amazed eyes. This one didn't make my book, but I wish it had! [Pardon the watermarks!]

Taking a slow Sunday to organize some new book proposals and think a bit about Apollo 11 40th anniversary activities.

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Welcome to the Missions to the Moon book blog. This is a place to re-live the heady days of the Apollo and Soyuz lunar programs- perhaps the crowning achievements of the 20th Century. Many blog entries will include a new downloadable image or artifact from the space age- items rarely seen and not available in print. It's all in the spirit of my newest book, Missions to the Moon- to remember the great adventure of the Golden Age of space exploration, and ponder what wonders await us in space.

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