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Buzz Aldrin’s Apollo 11 Toothbrush

Contributed by Stephen Coles on Apr 4th, 2013. Artwork published in 1969.
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Source: http://historical.ha.com. License: All Rights Reserved.

“The toothbrush and plastic sleeve displayed [here] flew to the Moon during July 16 to 24, 1969 on the Apollo 11 mission. I was Lunar Module Pilot with Michael Collins as Command Module Pilot and Neil Armstrong as Commander of the mission. Neil and I made the first lunar landing of the Apollo Program on July 20, 1969. The toothbrush was part of the Oral Hygiene Set stored in Command Module Columbia prior to launch on July 16. The toothbrush was model S-19 made by Lactona. The blue velcro tab on the storage sleeve was my individual designator color for personal flight equipment. I used this toothbrush while in Columbia and then transferred it into Lunar Module Eagle prior to the lunar landing. It is one of only two toothbrushes taken to the lunar surface during the first Moon landing. I continued to use it during our journey home to Earth after leaving the Moon.” — Buzz Aldrin


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