Ron Evans’s personally-owned and used Fisher space pen, used during his training for Apollo 17. Silver pen measures 5.25″ long with a small swatch of Velcro affixed near the top. Pen does not function. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Novaspace’s Ron Evans Garage Sale, signed by his wife, Janet Evans. RRAuction COA.
Monthly Archives: November 2012
Apollo 13 ‘Type 2’ insurance cover, 6.5 x 3.5, with a cachet honoring the mission insignia, an astronaut pin printed underneath, bearing an April 11, 1970, Kennedy Space Center postmark, signed in black felt tip by original crew members James Lovell, Ken Mattingly, and Fred Haise. In fine condition, with a bit of scattered mild toning. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.
Apollo 11 ‘Type 2’ insurance cover, 6.5 x 3.5, honoring of the three crew members and the first step on the moon, bearing a July 16, 1969, Kennedy Space Center cancellation, signed in blue felt tip by Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins. In fine condition. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.
Flown printed fabric Mexican flag, 6 x 4, carried to the lunar surface on board the LM Orion, signed in blue ink on the white stripe of the flag, “Arrived on the lunar surface aboard ‘Orion’ April 20, 1972. Flown to the moon on Apollo 16, Charlie Duke, Lunar Module Pilot.” Flag is affixed by its corners to a 9.25 x 12 certificate stating “This flag was flown aboard the first Apollo mission to the lunar highlands,” and signed in black felt tip by Charlie Duke. Accompanied by an unusually lengthy handwritten certificate of authenticity from Duke, which reads, in part: “this flag of the Republic of Mexico accompanied me aboard the lunar module ‘Orion’ to the Descartes Highlands of the moon…this flag was stowed in my…PPK. There it remained throughout almost 72 hours on the lunar surface. This flag was exposed to the vacuum of space on each of the three EVA’s which totalled over 20 hours for Apollo 16…Since that time it has remained as a treasured part of my personal space collection.” In fine condition, with a bit of trivial feathering to writing on flag. Not to be confused with the more common lunar orbit flown flags, international flags flown to the lunar surface are exceedingly rare. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.
A complete set of Lion Brothers Apollo patches. Included are Apollo I, and Apollo 7-17. Patches of particular note are a purple variant of the Apollo 7 patch; an extremely rare nine-color variant Apollo 11 patch, with an orange border and blue eagle tail feathers; and a rare orange border variant of the Apollo 16 patch. In fine condition. Accompanied by a Lion Brothers informational chart about all of the patches. A well preserved collection, seldom offered in whole. RRAuction COA.
Flight-ready Lunar Module deployment truss manufactured by Grumman Aircraft. This piece comprised part of the structural-mechanical assembly between the landing-gear struts and the descent-stage structure. In conjunction with the downlock mechanism, it enabled extension and lock of the landing gear from stowed to the fully deployed position. Metal strut measures 34″ long, with half the strut wrapped in Kapton foil, and a metal parts tag reading “Ser. 54, MRR 83326, LDW 320M109062.” Strut comes in its original NASA shipping box, labeled “Critical Space Item, Handle With Care,” as well as a partial parts label, stamped “Flight Item,” and remnants of an address label to the Kennedy Space Center. In fine condition. Flight-ready Lunar Module pieces rarely appear for sale at public auction and flown parts of this sort did not return from lunar missions. RRAuction COA.
Medical hypodermic kit, 3.25 x 3″ housed in a silver toned case, includes syringe, two different size needles, and nine vials of assorted medicines, including Strychnine, Hyoscine Hydrobromide, and others, and a small glass container of Ether. In fine condition, with expected age wear. Accompanied by a copy of a letter of authentication by noted Charles Lindbergh expert Ev Cassagneres explaining the story behind the survival equipment purchased by Lindbergh which was carried on board a Miles Mohawk airplane on flights through Europe and Asia. This item was purchased from a family friend of Anne Morrow Lindbergh. RRAuction COA.
Flown cassette tape and case carried into lunar orbit by Edgar Mitchell. Scotch C-60 cassette was dubbed with music from the Beatles, Blood Sweat and Tears, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Marvin Gaye, James Taylor, and Simon and Garfunkel and bears a serial number “S/N 1099.” Cassette is signed on one side in black felt tip, “Flown A14 Edgar Mitchell.” Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Mitchell, which reads, in part: “This letter is to certify that the accompanying audio cassette tape bearing music by artists Simon and Garfunkel, The Beatles, James Taylor plus others was personally dubbed by me from the primary recordings of the several artists and carried into lunar orbit aboard the spacecraft Kittyhawk [sic] during the Apollo 14 mission to the Fra Mauro Highlands region of the moon. It was one of four such cassettes in my personal preference kit, all of which served the dual purpose of providing entertainment during the six days in transit between the earth and the moon, plus a back up recording device for personal observations in the event of equipment failure of primary transmission devices.” In fine condition, with some light wear and foxing to labels. Classic songs flown include, among others: ‘Spinning Wheels,’ ‘ Looking Out My Backdoor,’ ‘Heard it Through the Grapevine,’ ‘Something,’ ‘Here Comes the Sun,’ ‘Who Will Stop the Rain,’ and ‘Homeward Bound.’ Also accompanied by a CD of the songs on the cassette and a photo of Mitchell holding the cassette. All the items are housed in a custom clam shell case. Certainly one of the more original flown space items. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.
Color Apollo 11 Earth orbit map, used by Gene Kranz in his role as Flight Director of the Apollo 11 mission. Color map measures 41 x 13.5 and is titled in the lower border, “Apollo Earth Orbit Chart (AEO), Apollo Mission 11, Sheet 3 of 3, Contains Revolution 3.” Chart is signed in the center in black felt tip, “These are the orbital maps we used for injecting the Apollo missions on their lunar trajectory. Gene Kranz ‘Flight.’” Rolled and in fine condition. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Farthest Reaches and a photo of Kranz holding the map after signing. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.
A printed Apollo 11 Lunar Trajectory Notes manual, dated July 14, 1969, 8 x 10.5, 167 pages, bound by two staples on the left edge. Foreword states this document “is to provide the layman with some general information about the design of lunar trajectories and some specific information about the Apollo 11 mission.” Manual provides information on Launch and Translunar Ejection, Lunar Module Descent and Landing, LM Lift-Off, and Emergency Return to Earth. In very good condition, with pencil notations and foxing to front cover, dampstaining to back cover, and expected handling wear. RRAuction COA.