1969 Grumman Lunar Module Cutaway, Tote bag
This tote features a full color rendering of Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporations's lunar module, one of which ended up going to the moon attached to Apollo 11.
In July 1962, 11 aerospace engineering firms were invited to submitproposals for a lunar excursion module that would allow the astronauts of the Apollo spacecraft to land on the moon. Nine companies responded and in November of that year Grumman Aviation Engineering Co. of Bethpage, Long Island, NY was awarded a $2 billion contract.
Brooklyn-born and Long Island-bred engineer Thomas Kelly, seen in photo with a module of the lunar module, was the chief designer and led the team of 7,000 Grumman employees who worked on the project.
Seven years later, on July 20, 1969, the first manned lunar landing occurred with the lunar module nicknamed the Eagle. It carried astronauts, Commander Neil A. Armstrong and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin, Jr., the first men to walk on the Moon.
The astronauts, along with command module pilot Michael Colllins, jettisoned the lunar module after Aldrin and Armstrong returned and its whereabouts in space are unknown. A little bit of Long Island left behind.
The tote is:
• 100% spun polyester weather resistant fabric
• Dual handles 100% natural cotton bull denim
• Bag 15" x 15" (38.1cm x 38.1cm)
• Made in America