Souvenirs From The First Moon Landing
By James Grahame
The American space program has been struggling lately, but that shouldn't stop us from acknowledging its stunning successes. The highlight was Apollo 11, which put bipedal primates on the moon for the first time. This cleverly designed box set includes 16 replica artifacts from the mission contributed by the crew and Smithsonian archives.
The package offers a short 64 page book that chronicles each day of the mission. The real magic is the extra stuff that's included: a copy of the front page from the July 21, 1969 Washington Post, an Apollo 11 iron-on mission badge, menu, snapshots of Buzz Aldrin's kids, a replica excerpt from Michael Collins' "Solo Book" from his time alone in orbit around the moon, and more.
There should be more clever releases like this. The gift box format adds an element of discovery often missing from traditional books and web sites. Published in August 2003, Apollo 11 Box is now discounted 70% at Chronicle Books.
Apollo 11 Box - $7.49 (Chronicle Books)