1994 Apollo 11 25th Anniversary Commemorative QSL Card (W6VIO)

1994 Apollo-11 25th Anniversary Commemorative QSL Card (certificate)
QSL certificate for the 1994 Apollo-11 25th Anniversary Commemorative Event

This is the certificate sent to each station who sent a SASE to the JPL Amateur Radio Club confirming a contact between July 19 and 22, 1974, during the Apollo 25th Anniversary special event. The certificate shows the Apollo 11 patch and the 25th anniversary logo superimposed on a photograph of Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin after he planted the flag in the lunar soil.

1994 Apollo-11 25th Anniversary Commemorative QSL Card (front)
Front of 1994 Apollo-11 25th Anniversary Commemorative QSL Card

This is the front side of the contact information certificate sent with the color certificate. The photograph shows the Deep Space Network Mars antenna as it appeared at the time of it’s Apollo 11 support. Go to the June 1995 issue of W6VIO Calling for a description of the special event and the story behind these certificates.

1994 Apollo-11 25th Anniversary Commemorative QSL Card (rear)
Rear of 1994 Apollo-11 25th Anniversary Commemorative QSL Card

The images on the rear side of the contact certificate shows the DSS-62 26-meter antenna near Cebreos, Spain and the DSS-42 26-meter antenna near Canberra, Australia. Both stations had special Apollo support equipment installed .

Check out the NASA Apollo 11 web page and the Apollo Lunar Surface Journal for detailed mission information. The Apollo Lunar Surface Journal is an Internet record of the lunar surface operations conducted by the six pairs of astronauts who landed on the Moon from 1969 through 1972. The Journal is intended as a resource for anyone wanting to know what happened during the missions and why. It includes a corrected transcript of all recorded conversations between the lunar surface crews and Houston. The Journal also contains extensive, interwoven commentary by the Editor and by ten of the twelve moon walking astronauts.

Go here to see preliminary restored highlights from the July 17, 2009 release by NASA: http://jplarc.ampr.org/archive/apollo_11_highlights.html