A solid 14K gold circular charm flown to the moon on Apollo 14, measuring just over one inch in diameter, engraved on one side with the mission information, “Apollo 14, 1/31/1971, 2/09/1971,” and engraved on the reverse, “This gold disc was carried to the moon on Apollo 14 by Stuart A. Roosa, NASA Astronaut.” Includes a TLS from Roosa transmitting the charm, signed “Stuart A. Roosa,” one page, 8 x 10.5, NASA letterhead, August 4, 1971. In full: “I carried your gold charm to the moon with me on Apollo 14. This mission was launched 31 January 1971 and splashdown occurred on 9 February 1971. Your charm traveled 1,151,086 miles during the 216 hours, 1 minute and 58.1 seconds of flight.” In overall fine condition. The recipient, Charles Kenneth Campbell of Houston, owned a commercial real estate firm and employed Roosa from 1977 to 1981 as vice president of advanced planning. An immensely desirable flown piece with excellent provenance. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.
Bidding for the Space and Aviation Auction opens Nov 13, 2014 & ends Nov 20, 2014