Theo Fennell marks the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing with two Apollo 11 Module Models
July 16th this year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. It was a simply mind-boggling feat and, as Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the moon, he said those immortal words “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for Mankind.” And he was right. He was accompanied on the Apollo 11 Mission by Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins in the Saturn V rocket launched from Cape Kennedy in Florida.
Theo watched the moon landing with his Great-Aunt Mary who was born in 1880 and had seen London with no cars at all and was now seeing men walking on the moon! It has remained a seminal moment for him.
To celebrate this extraordinary event, Theo designed these two models to be made entirely by hand and in minute detail by Simon Caldicott, his multi award winning craftsman, who has worked for Theo for over 35 years. Both the models of the Apollo 11 Capsule and the Command Module Columbia have been crafted in sterling silver and fine 24ct gold.
The Lunar Module “Eagle”, the two-person craft used by Armstrong and Aldrin to descend to the Moon’s surface, is mounted on grey sandstone, emulating the moon’s surface, and has the footprints of the astronauts carved in perfect, tiny detail. The Command Module, the only portion of the spacecraft to return to Earth, is mounted on a base made of rock crystal and sodalite, carved to represent the North Pacific Ocean where it landed.
This highly original and beautifully crafted, unique objet makes a wonderful present or extraordinary piece of memorabilia for any space and science fan.