Apollo & Columbia Space Missions
On May 18, 1969, Apollo 10 launched into space and was considered the dress rehearsal for the first moon landing. Governor Reagan was given this autographed photo of the lunar surface from the crew, which is inscribed, “We is down among them, babe” which was a comment made by astronaut Eugene Cernan during the mission.
Apollo 11 landed on the moon on July 20, 1969. Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin gave Governor Reagan this Apollo 11 patch and a replica of the plaque left on the moon which says, “Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon, July 1969 A.D. We came in peace for all mankind.”
In 1982, President Reagan was given this plaque from the Rockwell International Space Shuttle Team which contains a flag flown on the STS-1 Columbia Mission and a section of thermal tile from Columbia’s second and third missions. Inside the crystal is a photo of the Columbia.
On July 20, 1984, Neil Armstrong presented President Reagan with this plaque on behalf of the crew of Apollo 11 during Space Exploration Day.