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Lot 22: President Carter Letter Congratulating Astronaut Neil Armstrong on the 25th Anniversary of the Moon Landing: "Your step truly was a giant leap for all mankind"
Presidential Letters, Free Franks & Speeches: Washington to Bush + Important Autographs in History, Science & the Arts
26 October 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: President Carter Congratulates Neil Armstrong on the 25th Anniversary of the Moon Landing: “Your step truly was a giant leap for all mankind” ********** CARTER, JIMMY. (b. 1924). Thirty-ninth president of the United States and winner of the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize. TLS. (“Jimmy Carter”). ½p. 8vo. N.p., July 20, 1994. Written on his personal stationery to American astronaut NEIL ARMSTRONG (1930-2012). ********** “Just a quick note to send congratulations on the twenty-fifth anniversary of Apollo 11. Your step truly was a giant leap for all mankind…”********** On July 20, 1969, the Apollo 11 spacecraft made history when it brought the first humans to the moon’s surface. Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin both walked on the surface of the moon, while Michael Collins controlled the spacecraft in lunar orbit. The event was broadcast on television around the world, making the astronauts celebrities and fulfilling the late President Kennedy’s goal of “landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth” before the end of the 1960s. As Armstrong stepped onto the lunar surface, he uttered the oft-quoted phrase that the event was “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” President Richard Nixon awarded all three men the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Neil received a Congressional Space Medal of Honor from President Carter in 1978 in honor of the 20th birthday of NASA. ********** A Navy veteran and successful farmer from Plains, Georgia, Jimmy Carter rose from local politics to serve as Georgia’s governor. Shut out from further service in that office in 1975, Carter took advantage of America’s post-Watergate cynicism and fashioned himself as a political outsider with moderate positions and old-fashioned morals, defeating the incumbent president, Gerald Ford, in the 1976 presidential election. Carter served four years during which time he faced a recession, rampant inflation and an energy crisis. His greatest diplomatic victory was bringing Israel and Egypt together to sign the historic Camp David Accords. ********** Normal letter folds and in excellent condition.