Official NASA color 10 x 8 semi-glossy photo of the Apollo 17 crew in their white space suits, signed in felt tip, “Harrison H. Schmitt,” “Ron Evans,” and “Gene Cernan.” In fine condition. A choice, uninscribed example, which Space expert Ken Havekotte notes was signed preflight. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli.
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Amazing CSM EVA/EXP checklist used during the Apollo 17 flight, 6 x 8, stamped with flight certification and signed on the front cover in black felt tip by Gene Cernan. The checklist consists of 166 pages (83 individual sheets), including 27 pages filled out with in-flight writing, much of which remains scientifically relevant today. The highlight of this checklist is undoubtedly the presence of three pages of solar corona observation sketches: one features a large sketch with notations reading, in part: “This act 1 min prior to sunrise at act 5-1 sec prior to s.rise the streamers get much more predominant…radial light & dark lines very faint, unable to see until dark adapted…I think we missed the longest streamers as the red & blue & polarizing seg. ended act 7-10 sec prior to sun rise.” This page is signed twice at the bottom by Cernan, noting that the sketch was done by Ron Evans.
Bidding for the Space and Aviation Auction opens Apr 16, 2015 & ends Apr 23, 2015
A 6.75 x 6.5 swatch of flown Beta cloth (matted so that 5.75 x 5.75 is visible), with a 3.5″ diameter Apollo 17 mission emblem printed in the center, flown into lunar orbit on board the Apollo 17 mission. Signed in black felt tip, “Flown aboard ‘America’ Gene Cernan, Apollo XVII-Cdr.” Matted and framed with a small medallion and plaque to an overall size of 11.75 x 15. In fine condition. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.
Flown printed fabric American flag, 5.75 x 4, flown aboard Apollo 17, the final manned Apollo mission to the moon. Flag is signed on the white stripes in black ink, “Flown to the moon on Apollo XVII, Gene Cernan, Dec 7–19, 1972.” Flag is affixed to a larger white board and matted and framed with a color photo of the Apollo 17 LM on the surface to an overall size of 16 x 22.25. A uniform block of toning over flag from adhesive on reverse, otherwise fine condition. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.
Picket slide rule from the personal collection of Apollo 17 CMP Ron Evans, certified by his widow Janet Evans and Novaspace as flown to the Moon. Bright yellow Picket Inc. model N600-ES slide rule measures 6 x 1 and has 22 five-inch scales. In very fine condition. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Novaspace, offered as part of Ron Evans Garage Sale, signed by Evans’s widow Janet, stating the rule is from Evans’s personal collection. Also accompanied by a copy of a NASA document from the recovery team on the USS Ticonderoga with the subject line “Personal Items Retained by Apollo 17 Flight crew.” The Evans items on the list are identical to the other items that were sold at the same time as this slide rule in the Novaspace Ron Evans Garage Sale. Though there is no exact identification number to confirm, it seems very likely that Ron Evans kept all 15 or so items together labeled as his flown personal items, and the entire collection was later consigned to Novaspace in its entirety, supported as flown by his wife. A similar slide rule, flown on Apollo 11 by Buzz Aldrin sold in 2007 for over $77,000.
During the Apollo missions, most of the critical calculations were done on either the on-board computer or the immense computers back on earth at Mission Control. The astronauts carried a slide rule for making more routine calculations or in case of emergency. This particular model was popular among engineers and scientists, and it was a simple piece of equipment which needed no modification to be taken into space. Picket’s slide rules were used on five of the Apollo missions and became a very strong marketing point for the company. The Apollo 17 mission was the final mission slide rules were used on, as they were replaced by more powerful pocket calculators in time for the Apollo-Soyuz mission. A wonderful, and crucial, flown tool from man’s last mission to the moon. RR Auction COA.
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.
Historic and very scarce flown Apollo 17 Robbins Medal, approximately 1.5 diameter, with a raised design on the face of the Apollo 17 mission insignia. The reverse of the sterling silver medal is engraved “America-Challenger Apollo XVII—The Beginning” along with the December 6, 1972, launch date, December 11, 1972, moon landing date, and December 19, 1972, return date. This medal is serial numbered “F15.” Condition is mint state. Encapsulated in a plastic NGC holder and graded MS67. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Apollo 15 Commander Dave Scott stating, in part: “I hereby certify that the Apollo 17 silver medallion number ‘15’ included with this letter is from my personal collection and was flown aboard Apollo 17…After the mission, the Astronaut Office distributed the medallions accordingly. I specifically requested the Apollo 17 number ‘15’ included with this letter.” Also accompanied by its original presentation case numbered ‘15.’ Some researchers have stated that only serial numbers F1 to F80 were flown of 300 total medallions struck. The medal also marked the first use of an ‘F’ with a serial number to denote a flown medallion. Perhaps the most sought after and difficult-to-acquire of all the Apollo flown medals, with a neat tie-in between the former moonwalker and his own mission. RRAuction COA.
Apollo 17 splashdown cover with a cachet honoring the splashdown and recovery of the Apollo 17 crew, signed in black ink by Ron Evans and Gene Cernan, and in black felt tip by Harrison Schmitt. In fine condition. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.