A 9 x 9.25 swatch of flown Beta cloth, with a 3″ Apollo 10 mission emblem printed in the center, carried on board Apollo 10. Signed in black felt tip, “This insignia was carried on board Apollo X into orbit around the moon—May 18–26, 1969. T. P. S.,” and signed around the emblem by Stafford, John Young, and Gene Cernan. Accompanied by a 1990 letter of provenance from Stafford. Some mild haloing to Stafford’s written statement on the cloth as well as Cernan’s signature, otherwise fine condition. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.
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Flown sterling silver Apollo 10 Robbins Medal, approximately 1.25 x 1.25, with a raised design on the face of the mission insignia and the last names of crew members Tom Stafford, John Young, and Gene Cernan. The reverse of the sterling silver medal is engraved “May 18–26, 1969” and serial numbered “106.” Condition is mint state, with some expected light surface wear to reverse. Accompanied by a 2013 letter of authenticity from Apollo 10 CMP John Young, which reads: “I hereby certify that Apollo 10 silver Robbins Medal, serial number 106, was flown to the moon with me aboard the mission May 18-26, 1969 and has been a part of my personal collection since the mission.” Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.
Flown star chart carried into lunar orbit on board Apollo 10. Chart measures 10.75 x 7.5, with “May 18th Launch LM,” printed in the lower border and shows the Sun, Earth, and the planets aligned on the ellipse. Specific stars and constellations are identified by name and assigned a two-digit number code. Signed along the bottom in black felt tip, “Flown on Apollo X, Gene Cernan,” and “Tom Stafford, Apollo X, cdr.” Chart has several pencil notations along the top edge, as well as several lines and circles in the chart, presumably done by Cernan. In fine condition, with a bit of scattered light soiling. Accompanied by a 2005 letter of authenticity from Gene Cernan, which reads, in part: “This is to certify that the accompanying Apollo 10 Star Chart was flown into lunar orbit in May, 1969 aboard our spacecraft…This Star Chart has remained a treasured part of my personal collection for more than thirty-five years, ever since NASA presented it to me back in 1969.” Also included is a photo of Cernan with the chart and letter. Necessary to plot locations and coordinates, this chart was used to update both ‘Charlie Brown’s’ and ‘Snoopy’s’ positions during the critical and final tests before the first manned lunar mission. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.
Extremely rare and highly-desirable flown vibrant-colored printed fabric American flag, 18 x 12, carried into lunar orbit on board Apollo 10. Signed in black ink on the bottom white stripe, “Flown to the moon on Apollo X, May 1969, Tom Stafford,” “John Young,” and “Gene Cernan.” In fine condition. Only about a dozen or so of these size flags were carried on the mission, and less than a scant handful are signed. Complete crew-signed flags from Apollo missions are quite uncommon, and the larger flags are almost never offered for sale, combined with the fact this flag is signed by all three crew members, makes this flown piece an incredibly rare offering. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.
Flown printed fabric American flag, 5.75 x 3.75, flown aboard Apollo 10 during its orbit around the moon. Flag is affixed by its corners to a 9 x 12 certificate stating “This flag traveled on Apollo X with the first LM to the moon, Apollo X, May 18–26, 1969,” and is inscribed in black felt tip by Gene Cernan, “To Gene & Kay—Our sincere & personal best wishes to our good friends—The Crew of Apollo X,” and signed “Tom Stafford,” “John Young,” and “Gene Cernan.” In fine condition, with four small squares of toning to corners of flag from adhesive on reverse and some mild toning to edges of certificate. With all its mission objectives achieved, Apollo 10, with this flag aboard, set the stage for the first manned moon landing just two months later. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.
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