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                            State Flag Flown On Apollo 11 From Michael
                            Collins CollectionThis Texas state flag was flown to the Moon with the crew of Apollo 11.

The flag and certificate have been signed by Apollo 11 Command Module Pilot Michael Collins. On the flag Collins inscribed "Carried to the Moon aboard Apollo XI, Michael Collins".

This flag was in personal collection of Michael Collins until it was placed up for auction on April 24th, 2004.  In the  the Aurora Galleries Space & Aviation Memorabilia Auction Auction this flag was lot number 251.

The description in the auction catalog stated, '251. Flown "Texas" State Flag (6x4). This red, white, and blue silk flag has been notated "Carried to the Moon aboard Apollo XI, Michael Collins" at the top. 

Also included is a multicolor NASA certificate of authenticity (10x12") that reads: "This flag traveled to the moon with Apollo 11, the first manned lunar landing, July 20, 1969".

The certificate has been hand signed "Michael Collins" below the multicolor Apollo 11 crew patch in the center.  Striking and quite rare. Ex: the astronaut Michael Collins collection. FLOWN? Yes'

The Earth To The Moon Air &  Space Museum acquired this artifact from the Aurora Galleries auction.

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