At 02:51 on July 21st 1969, Neil Armstrong began his decent down the ladder towards the surface of the moon. Years of preparation by NASA scientists, test pilots, and numerous other astronauts culminated in one of the greatest moments ever, as the words “That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind." crackled over the radio and down to the millions watching or listening to man’s first steps on the moon. Armstrong spent over 2 hours on the surface of the moon collecting samples and taking observations before returning to the lunar module in preparation to link up with Columbia in lunar orbit. With the successful landing of the lunar module and first men walking on the moon, the Space Race was effectively over; the United States coming out the clear winner by fulfilling the national goal set by President John F. Kennedy in 1961.
It’s been fifty years since that historic mission to the moon, and technology and scientific discovery has changed the world. But we are still in awe of the Apollo 11 mission and the men that were on board the Saturn V rocket that launch on July 16th 1969. Fifty years later, we’re paying homage to that mission with a new product launch and special release commemorating the Apollo 11 mission. We’ve never shied away from our love of all things space themed. A year ago, we released the Reaktor Line that specifically drew elements from the Space Race and how it shaped a nation. For the Apollo 11 commemorative special editions, we’ve curated three separate products all in a matte dark blue anodize with tumbled brass accessories. The colors have been drawn directly from the Apollo 11 mission patch with its dark blue stitching throughout while the brass comes from the outer border stitched in gold thread.
First we hard tumbled our Galaxie XL rollerball pen, then had our anodizer apply an amazing matte dark blue anodize to the caps and bodies. We made a special run of brass grip sections that were then hard tumbled to add texture to the surface of the grips. We used a custom NASA inspired font and marked the clips with “APOLLO 11”. Opposite the clips, we had another custom mark engraved into the surface of the cap, a large 50 in similar font, bisected by a stylized V. The 50 marks the 50th anniversary, while the V represents the Saturn V rocket that successfully took the astronauts on this mission. The Galaxie XL ships with a Schmidt 5888 refill in blue ink in a clear plastic telescoping tube to ensure the pen is not damaged. Included with this release is a custom vinyl sticker with artwork designed by our designer Gee.