The Escape Velocity Press Club was an organization for members of the press who covered the Apollo manned space missions. This card was issued to Fred Cambria from CBS Television.
Escape velocity is the speed that spacecraft must attain to escape the earth's gravity.
Notice that the club membership card is signed by Jim Schefter who is the author of The Race: The Uncensored Story of How America Beat Russia to the Moon (1999, Doubleday). Schefter covered NASA from 1963 to 1973 for the Houston Chronicle and for Time-Life.
These interesting passes issued to Fred Cambria from CBS Television entitled him to cover the launch from Kennedy Space Center and then cover the mission as it unfolded from the NASA Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston.
Upon returning to earth, the crew of Apollo 11, the first lunar landing mission spent many months touring the world as heroes. Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins became three of the most famous people on earth.
Nixon, who had a reputation of being distrustful of the press, used the Apollo 11 success as a chance to send a souvenir packet to journalists, perhaps to win their favor.
This package includes an envelope, letter from Nixon, and first day of issue stamp folio. The crew signatures are printed and the Nixon signature is (I think) an autopen.
This handy little guide was produced by Boeing and distributed to members of the media who were present for the launch of Apollo 8, the first mission to orbit the moon. Boeing was the prime contractor for the S-1 stage of the Saturn V rocket.
Apollo 13 was the US space program’s "finest hour" as what was on the surface a failure was actually a stunning success. Given little chance of coming home alive, thousands of people came together to develop untested solutions in order to bring the crew back safely.
This transcript of the post-mission crew press conference is signed by Apollo 13 commander James Lovell.