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Flight plan reproductions to put a touch of Apollo 11 on your coffee table

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The Reproduction IO team has worked to accurately recreate all 362 pages of the Apollo 11 flight plan
The Reproduction IO team has worked to accurately recreate all 362 pages of the Apollo 11 flight plan
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One of the recreated drawings from the manuals
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One of the recreated drawings from the manuals
The Reproduction IO team has worked to accurately recreate all 362 pages of the Apollo 11 flight plan
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The Reproduction IO team has worked to accurately recreate all 362 pages of the Apollo 11 flight plan
Already the manuals have raised more the AU$259,700
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Already the manuals have raised more the AU$259,700
There are a few different cover designs available, but the pages inside are the same regardless of which cover you choose
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There are a few different cover designs available, but the pages inside are the same regardless of which cover you choose
The pages have been recreated using the original fonts and page layout 
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The pages have been recreated using the original fonts and page layout 
A look at the pages in the Apollo 11 flight plan 
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A look at the pages in the Apollo 11 flight plan 
The flight plan has been lovingly recreated as a coffee-table dossier
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The flight plan has been lovingly recreated as a coffee-table dossier
The original cover graphics have been recreated 
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The original cover graphics have been recreated 
The Reproduction IO team has worked to accurately recreate all 362 pages of the Apollo 11 flight plan
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The Reproduction IO team has worked to accurately recreate all 362 pages of the Apollo 11 flight plan

It's hardly surprising, but it's not easy – or cheap – to get your hands on authentic Apollo 11 memorabilia. A team based out of Melbourne, Australia is trying to change that by reproducing the original Apollo 11 flight plans, right down to the paper stock, fonts, line spacing and positioning on the page as the originals.

The idea to recreate these flight plans came from someone who, having scoured the internet, was unable to find an accurate copy of the original plans. The team at Reproduction IO wasn't impressed with the quality of current reproductions, arguing they take "a hit and miss approach," which ultimately "doesn't stay faithful to the original design and layout."

As well as the accurate fonts and positioning, the planned reproductions feature graphics that have been recreated using vector artwork. That level of detail extends to the fold out charts from the original document, which have been recreated using high resolution scans.

One of the recreated drawings from the manuals
One of the recreated drawings from the manuals

Although all 362 pages have been recreated accurately, a little bit of artistic license has been taken with the binder on the outside. For backers chasing picture-perfect period accuracy, the original cover graphics have been lovingly recreated in soft-touch fabric. Alternatively, there are a few covers with modern, stylized designs for a bit more impact on the coffee-table.

Currently, the project is live on Kickstarter, where it's already raised AU$259,700 (US$197,550) with 14 days remaining. Considering the team was only asking for AU$15,000 to start with, it's safe to say there's plenty of support for the project.

Pledges start at AU$99 (US$74), which gets you one copy of the flight book. Pledging more gets you more copies of the book, which should be delivered in December this year if everything goes to plan.

A video outlining the project's goals is below.

Source: Kickstarter

Apollo 11 Flight Plan Re-Issue

2 comments
Nelson
They should have gone with their original NASA logo, the one they were using when we landed on the moon.
LouManzi
Agreed the "Worm" logo wasn't used until 1975