Michael Collins' Inscription inside Apollo 11 Command Module "Columbia"

     

Michael Collins' Inscription inside Apollo 11 Command Module "Columbia"

Following splashdown,while en route to Hawaii on the USS Hornet, Michael Collins crawled back into the command module (it was connected to the mobile quarantine facility by an air-tight tunnel) and wrote this short note on one of the equipment bay panels.  The inscription reads:

Spacecraft 107, alias Apollo 11, alias "Columbia."
The Best Ship to Come Down the Line.
God Bless Her.
Michael Collins, CMP

Excerpt from After Sputnik: 50 Years of the Space Age

Image Number: WEB12296-2012
Credit: National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
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