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.
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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.
Original hand-drawn one panel storyboard for the Apollo 13 film on an off-white 11 x 8.5 sheet. Notated “Sc. 147-A,” scene depicts the Apollo 13 command module spinning through space after the explosion. Affixed caption underneath reads, “Jim (O.S.) I can’t get this doggone roll out….” In fine condition, with three punch holes to top edge. RRAuction COA.
Flown printed fabric French flag, 5.75 x 4, carried on board Apollo 9. Flag is affixed to an 11 x 14 certificate stating “Carried into space during the flight of Apollo IX 3–13 March 1969,” and signed in black felt tip by Dave Scott, James McDivitt, and Rusty Schweickart. Certificate is affixed to an identical size board. In fine condition. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Novaspace as part of Jim McDivitt’s garage sale. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.
Flown sterling silver Apollo 9 Robbins Medal, approximately 1-inch diameter, with a raised design on the face of the mission insignia. The reverse of the sterling silver medal is engraved with the last names of astronauts James McDivitt, Dave Scott, and Rusty Schweickart, as well as “March 3–13, 1969” and is serial numbered “97.” Condition is mint state. Medal comes in its original presentation case, numbered “97.” Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Dave Scott stating, in part: “I hereby certify that the Apollo 9 silver medallion numbered ‘97’ included with this letter is from my personal collection and was flown aboard Apollo 9, March 3-13, 1969…After the mission, the Astronaut Office distributed the medallions accordingly. I specifically requested the Apollo 9 number ‘97’ included with this letter.” Provenance: Dave Scott. RRAuction 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.