Fantastic flown fabric American flag carried to the moon on Apollo 15, 5.75 x 4, affixed to a 9.25 x 11.25 presentation certificate signed in black felt tip by Dave Scott, Al Worden, and Jim Irwin. The certificate also bears an affixed embroidered Apollo 15 mission patch and a caption beneath the flag, “This flag was flown aboard the first extended scientific exploration of the moon.” Also includes an ALS by Jim Irwin, one page, 8 x 11.25, NASA letterhead, August 14, 1971, in full: “It was good to see you again. Hope you enjoyed the show! I had the pleasure of carrying your flag to the moon and back. This will authenticate that the enclosed flag flew to the moon on Apollo 15.” Matted and framed side-by-side with a clipped magazine photo of the launch to an overall size of 21.5 x 15.5. In fine condition, with toning to edges, and the signatures and Irwin’s writing just a shade light. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli.
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Flown aluminum ‘lunar rover license’ plate, 1.3 x 0.8, marked with the registration number “LRV 001,” with “MOON” as the home state, the year 1971, and the NASA and Boeing logos in the corners. Astronaut Dave Scott carried this on all three lunar EVAs, including on the lunar rover. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Dave Scott, stating, in part: “I hereby certify that the miniature metal Lunar Rover license plate, ‘LRV-001,’ measuring 1.3″ x 0.8″, included with this letter was carried on Apollo Lunar Rover No. 1 for three days of space exploration during Apollo 15…I carried these license plates in a pocket of my Apollo A7L-B EVA Spacesuit…during our nearly three day stay on the Moon…In commemoration of the first use of the Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV), the first vehicle to be driven on another world, I designed and had produced these small license plate replicas for use as presentation mementos after our mission to the Moon.” In fine condition. This plate, along with others, was prepackaged in a pack smaller than a pack of gum, which was stowed in the left knee pocket of Scott’s space suit before the launch, where it remained until after his return to earth. It was in space for 12 days, 7 hours from launch to splashdown. More importantly, it spent nearly 67 hours on the moon, including 18h 30m of EVAs, and was carried on LRV itself for around 17 miles across the lunar surface. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli.
Bidding for the Space and Aviation Auction opens Apr 16, 2015 & ends Apr 23, 2015
Supremely desirable flown flown American flag, 11.5 x 7.75, signed and flight-certified in blue ballpoint by Commander David Scott, “This flag was flown in lunar orbit for 6 days aboard the Apollo 15 Endeavor spaceship, July 26–August 7, 1971. Dave Scott, CDR.” In fine condition, with vertical folds through the center and near the right edge, and some light wrinkling near the edges. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Dave Scott, in part: “I hereby certify that the large United States flag included with this letter…is from my personal collection and flown in lunar orbit for six days aboard the CSM Endeavour during Apollo 15, July 26–August 7, 1971…After orbiting the Moon for a day in preparation for the landing, Jim Irwin and I landed the lunar module ‘Falcon’ on the Moon between Hadley Rille and the Apennine Mountains…During the three days we were on the Moon, Al Worden flew the ‘Endeavor’ solo in lunar orbit…The ‘Falcon’ remained on the lunar surface for 66 hours and 54 minutes, after which we launched and completed a direct rendezvous…and docking with the…‘Endeavor’ in lunar orbit, after which we spent two more days in lunar orbit conducting scientific experiments and photography…This large Apollo 15 US Flag has been in my personal collection since returning to Earth.” Flown flags are usually considerably smaller than this example, and as a flag of the United States—the first and only nation to put man on the moon—it is one of the most sought-after formats in the hobby. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli.
Flown Series 1953B two dollar bill, serial number A70489987A, signed across the top of the reverse in blue ballpoint, “Carried aboard Apollo 15, July 26–Aug 7, ’71, David R. Scott,” and also signed in black felt tip by the crew, “Dave Scott,” “Al Worden,” and “Jim Irwin.” Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Dave Scott, which reads, in part: “I hereby certify that the US Two Dollar Bill ($2), Serial number A 70489987 A, included with this letter was carried aboard the Apollo 15 ‘Endeavour’ for six days in lunar orbit during Apollo 15…This US Two Dollar Bill…is signed on the reverse by all three crew members…and an additional certification signed on the reverse by the Commander, David R. Scott…This US Two Dollar bill…has been in my personal collection since returning to Earth.” In very fine condition. Carried as a good luck symbol on many space flights, a total of 50 two-dollar bills were flown to lunar orbit on this mission. Another package of currency was taken to the lunar surface, but accidentally left behind. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.
Flown COAS Spare Light Bulb Assembly carried to the lunar surface on board the Apollo 15 Lunar Module Falcon. Assembly measures 2 x 1.75. Assembly consists of a small light bulb inside a housing which would be inserted into the COAS to illuminate the optical reticle used for docking alignment. In fine condition. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Dave Scott, complete with images and diagrams of the assembly, which reads, in part: “I hereby certify that the Lunar Module COAS Spare Light Bulb Assembly included with this letter was carried aboard the Lunar Module ‘Falcon’ during Apollo 15…The Crewman Optical Alignment Sight (COAS) is an alignment aid that provides fixed line-of-sight attitude reference between the Lunar Module and the Command Module as well as the horizon (Earth and Moon) and stars…To ensure this capability during a mission, a spare bulb assembly was carried aboard the spacecraft…This LM COAS Spare Bulb Assembly has been in my personal collection since returning to Earth.” RR Auction COA.
Flown lunar surface EVA retractable tether used on the lunar surface by Apollo 15 Lunar Module Pilot Jim Irwin. The tether, referred to by astronauts as a ‘yo-yo,’ is stamped with a part number of SEB33100291-303 and serial number SN 1025. The device measures approximately 6.25 x 2.75 x 1.5, 0.7 pounds, with remnants of its original brown strap used to attach it to Irwin’s PLSS and to carry tools during lunar surface operations. Attached to the end of the 35″ retractable cord is a replacement double-jawed spring-closing mechanism with an incorporated eyelet for attachment to the tether cord. In fine condition. Accompanied by a signed letter of authenticity from Dave Scott which reads, in part: “I hereby certify that the EVA Retractable Tether (‘Yo-yo’) included with this letter was used by Lunar Module Pilot (LMP) Jim Irwin during the lunar surface activities of Apollo 15…The purpose of the Yo-yo was to enable the astronaut to carry certain tools attached to his spacesuit and be readily available without having to carry them by hand. These include the scoop and tongs, both of which were used by Jim Irwin in sampling rocks and soil near Elbow crater on the Moon during EVA-1. This Yo-yo was also used for the Universal Hand Tool (UHT) to assist in ALSEP deployment (Boyd Bold release); however during the ALSEP deployment, this particular Yo-yo failed when the string connecting the clamp broke at its attach point on the clamp, and the clamp was lost on the Moon. We returned the Yo-yo to Earth; and subsequent disassembly after the mission showed that both the bowline and the figure-eight knot attaching the cord to the clamp had untied, thus allowing the cord to retract into the housing…After this post-mission analysis the Yo-yo was reassembled to its current configuration (however the original clamp was replaced in this assembly). An improved clinch knot was installed on large Yo-yos for subsequent missions.” As noted in the Apollo 15 Mission Report (chapter 14, 5.7), both retractable tethers failed during lunar surface operations; the Commander’s tether cord broke during the first extravehicular activity, and the tool clamp came off the end of the Lunar Module Pilot’s tether. RR Auction COA.
Flown Crewman Optical Alignment Sight (COAS), flown to the surface of the moon on board the Apollo 15. Sight measures 8.75 x 4.25 x 3, weighs approximately 1.5 pounds, and has an Autonetics—North American Rockwell metal plate attached to the lower portion which reads: “Sight–Optical Alignment–LM; ME331-0018-0025; Ser. No. 06359-0768 BKA,” with a smaller Autonetics label affixed below the optics. This sight was used by Dave Scott during the mission and was secured by its mount above the left window of the lunar module. Accompanied by an incredibly detailed 2014 two-page letter of authenticity and explanation from Dave Scott, which reads, in part: “I hereby certify that the ‘Crewman Optical Alignment Sight’ (COAS) included with this letter was installed in the Lunar Module ‘Falcon’ during Apollo 15…The COAS was used by the Commander (CDR) for rendezvous, docking, star sightings, and horizon alignment during the Lunar Module phases of the mission…This LM 10 COAS has been in my personal possession since returning to Earth.” In fine condition. Arguably one of the most impressive and important pieces of precision lunar module-flown equipment ever offered. RR Auction COA.
Bidding for the Space and Aviation Auction opens May 15, 2014 & ends May 22, 2014