Chariots for Apollo: A history of manned lunar space missions (by Courtney G. Brooks, James M. Grimwood, and Loyd S. Swenson, Jr., NASA History Series SP-4205, first edition, 1979) is the definitive NASA account of the Apollo program.
This was the personal copy of Laurence K. Loftin, Jr. In 1970 Loftin held the position of Director for Aeronautics at the Langley Research Center and he was chief Aeronautical Engineer at Langley from July 1972 until his retirement from NASA in December 1973.
Nearly all of the common souvenirs and trinkets sold to tourists at the Kennedy Space Center during the time of Apollo are, well, let’s just say not that interesting. The stuff just looks cheap (at least to me).
This Project Apollo mug is different. It is shaped like the Apollo Command Module and has clean lines and interesting graphics. It will look classic even in a hundred years.
This awkwardly titled book is a limited edition that was produced by CBS News for distribution to VIPs, advertisers, and affiliate executives. It provides an excellent overview of the historic conquest of the moon as reported to the American people by CBS News over the CBS Television Network. The images are all television screens and the text is all on-air dialog from Walter Cronkite, Roger Mudd, Mike Wallace, Dan Rather, special correspondent Wally Schirra and many others.
Inside the book is the business card of Frank Stanton, President of CBS and a personal note "This limited edition is the record of how CBS News met the most demanding challenge yet put to electronic journalism. We publish it with pride—in the accomplishment of Apollo 11 that we share with all Americans and the pride of achievement that we at CBS count among the great chapters in our history."
Of a Fire on the Moon is a fascinating synthesis of science and literature about the flight of Apollo 11 written from the unique vantage point of one of America’s premier literary journalists. This is a signed first edition, Little Brown, 1970. Mailer hung around Houston and the Cape for months to do his original reporting. Some may feel the book lacks depth or is overly cynical. But I really like Mailer’s wit, penetrating insight and philosophical scope.
I had always wanted an interesting flown item from Apollo 11, the first lunar landing mission. This one inch square of Mylar encased in Lucite, would have been created by NASA as mementos for VIPs and people who worked on the mission.