Scarce Apollo Block I simulator-used Command Module Flight Director Attitude Indicator (FDAI). Unit is contained in its original housing and measures approximately 8 x 8 x 10. A Honeywell parts label is affixed to the bottom of the housing and reads, in part: “Indicator, Attitude Flight…Mfr. Ser. No. 10028EAN1024…Mfr. Date 4 Dec 1965.” There is a light red inspector’s stamp next to the label, and “D4C-1024,” scratched into the casing. In fine condition. Manufactured by Honeywell, this square version was the first type of this piece of equipment. The red, black, and white ‘8 ball’ was used to define the relative position of the spacecraft in three-dimensional space. The pitch attitude is represented by the large semi-circles (horizontal relative to the numbers on the ball). The yaw attitude is represented by the small circles (vertical relative to the numbers on the ball). The semicircle immediately under the ‘wing’ is the current pitch angle. The two red circles centered at yaw 0 and 180 degree poles indicate where the inertial guidance gimbals are in danger of locking (gimbals from two axes aligning with each other) causing loss of attitude reference. Indicator has its original glass interface with three white bars over the top, which showed the error in each axis, from the desired value, by the displacement of the right and bottom of the ‘8 Ball,’ and also has its three rate needles on the sides of the display. Originally designed to be three different panel instruments, the astronauts, many of whom were pilots, lobbied for an all-in-one device similar to the artificial horizon indicator in airplanes.
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Impressive Apollo Block II Command Module Orbital Rate Drive Electronics Earth and Lunar (Panel 13). Production representative for flight application box measures 9 x 4 x 4.5 and has a Kearfott label affixed to the reverse which reads, “Orbital Rate Drive Electronics NASA-MSC…Ser. 104.” Box is still attached to its mounting bracket. Front of the box is numbered “13,” and has six toggle switches, including one for each of the two onboard Flight Direction Attitude Indicators (FDAI) and one for Earth/Lunar selector switch, as well as an “Alt Set” adjustable knob. In fine condition. Designed after input from Gemini astronauts, the ORDEAL box would be installed along the wall of the Command Module and coupled to the FDAI to automatically rotate around the pitch axis at the same rate of the orbital period by means of a fixed reference attitude on the FDAI. RR Auction COA.
Apollo launch control panel for use in the firing room at the Kennedy Space Center. The purpose of this panel was to control and monitor the Launch Utility Tower (LUT) swing arm and access platform that supplied ground umbilicals and crew/ground team access to the Apollo Command Module while on the launch pad. Panel measures 19 x 17.5, retains its internal components, and is labeled along the bottom “Command Module.” Top of the panel features seven meters, with a NASA KSC label affixed below each one. The final meter is labeled “Arm Position % Retracted.” Under the meters are two rows of indicator lights and multiple switches which relate to the extending and retraction of one of the umbilical tower’s manual arms. Panel also has three additional rows of indicators lights and switches and a system power light in the lower left. A partial Boeing inspection label is affixed to the upper left edge. In fine condition, with expected wear, a missing power button, and scattered soiling. RR Auction COA.
A 9 x 9 swatch of Beta cloth, bearing a pre-printed 3.5″ diameter Apollo 7 mission emblem, flown on the Apollo 7 and 14 missions, signed in black ink, “This Beta cloth flew with me on Apollo 7 in October 1968, and was also carried on Apollo 14 by Alan Shepard for me in Jan–Feb 1971. Walt Cunningham Apollo 7.” Accompanied by a signed certificate of authenticity from Cunningham which reads, in part: “This beta cloth emblem is from my personal collection of memorabilia from my astronaut career…This beta cloth patch flew 4,500,000 miles with me on the first manned Apollo mission, October 11–12, 1968. It was also carried by Alan Shepard as a personal favor to me on his Apollo 14 mission.” Also included is a color 8 x 10 photo of Cunningahm holding the cloth after signing. In fine condition. It is quite uncommon to find any item carried on two Apollo missions, particularly anything carried by Alan Shepard. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.
Flown embroidered Apollo 14 mission patch, 4.5″ in diameter, carried to the moon on Apollo 14. Accompanied by a notarized letter of authenticity signed by Alan Shepard which states, “This is to verify that the accompanying insignia of the flight of Apollo 14, was flown to the moon on board the spacecraft during the time period of January 31 to February 9, 1996 [sic, 1971].” In fine condition. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.
Unflown numerical display panel from the Apollo Guidance Computer Display and Keyboard (DSKY) unit. Assembly is constructed of glass, metal, and rubber, and measures 3.25 x 4.5 x 1, with the words “COMP ACTY,” “PROG,” “VERB,” and “NOUN,” printed at the top of the 21 digit numerical display, which would light up as the computer was working, display the program number, identify the action to be performed, and provide a data readout. The bottom bears stencilled part and serial numbers, “NASA Part No. 1006315-001, Rev. E, LS1 Part No. 142882-001, Ser. No. 205,” and one end has markings which read, “20039988-021, RAY 205.” In fine condition. The DSKY units were mounted in the Lunar and Command modules, and interfaced with the Apollo Guidance Computer—an essential piece of equipment for guidance, navigation, and control of the spacecraft. Commands were entered with two digits in a verb-noun sequence, and the panels were frequently used to display altitude and velocity. An incredible artifact that played an integral role in safely landing a man on the moon. RR Auction COA.
Apollo-era Constant Wear Garment, manufactured in 1968, issued to Buzz Aldrin for use during the Apollo 11 training and mission. White cotton one-piece garment has a Beta cloth name tag sewn on the left breast and reads, “E. Aldrin,” and a manufacturer’s label sewn into the collar which reads, “Constant Wear Garment; P/N SEB 13100061-208 [model number consistent on every Apollo 11 crew members CWG]; Size MR S/N 1228 [individual serial number for this specific garment]; Date August 1968; Contract No. NAS 9-7721; Contractor Atlas Underwear Corp.” Garment has multiple openings and attachments at midriff to integrate the bioinstrumentation harness which each crew member wore.
The Constant Wear Garment (CGW) was designed to be worn under the inflight Coveralls (ICG) as well as the A7L Spacesuit Pressure Garment Assembly (as part of the complete spacesuit system). This garment served multiple functions during flight including providing the crew member with warmth, in addition to absorption and transportation of sweat. The specification/part number which bears the stamped out “-005” and the re-stamped “208” reflects a modification of the original garment to the ‘as flown’ configuration, this modification was likely done near the time of issue. Apollo 11 CM Pilot Michael Collin’s flown constant wear garment is part of the National Air and Space Museum Collection and was on display there for many years; it is now viewable online. Though this Aldrin garment would not have actually been flown, it is essentially a duplicate of the variant that was, combined with the fact it was issued to Apollo 11 crew member Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, only enhances its desirability. RR Auction COA.
Flown printed fabric American flag, 6 x 4, signed in black ink, “Flown to the Moon, Apollo XII, Nov. 69, Alan Bean,”; a flown printed UN Space Treaty, 5.25 x 3, entitled “Treaty of the Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, Including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies,” signed in black felt tip, “Flown to the Moon, Alan Bean, Apollo XII, Nov ‘69”; and an Apollo XII mission patch affixed to a 7.25 x 5 gray mat, signed on the mat in black felt tip by Charles Conrad, Dick Gordon, and Alan Bean. All three are double matted together with a small plaque to an overall size of 18.75 x 15. In fine condition, with signature on flag a shade or two light, but still legible. A great combination of two flown items from man’s second moon landing. 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.
Very rare Apollo 15 flown ‘Shamrock’ cover, #6 with cachets of a green shamrock, a small Apollo 15 emblem, and a rendering of the Lunar Rover with two astronauts, signed in black felt tip, “Carried to the moon, Jim Irwin,” and numbered “6” in the lower left corner. In very fine condition. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Ken Havekotte stating “This cover, No. 6, has been in the possession of Irwin’s youngest daughter…since her father returned to the moon until it was sold…in February 2000.” Also accompanied by one of Irwin’s High Flight Foundation business cards, signed in black felt tip. Only eight of these covers were flown to the moon with Irwin and research shows only one having been sold at public auction in the last 13 years. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.