Incredible color glossy 10 x 8 ‘red-numbered’ NASA photo of the ‘meatball’ insignia, signed in felt tip and ballpoint by 26 astronauts, including 11 moonwalkers. Signers are: Buzz Aldrin, Gene Cernan, Harrison Schmitt, John Young, Charlie Duke, Dave Scott, Jim Irwin, Edgar Mitchell, Alan Shepard, Alan Bean, Charles Conrad, Michael Collins, Tom Stafford, James Lovell, Gordon Cooper, Frank Borman, Al Worden, Fred Haise, Wally Schirra, Rusty Schweickart, Walt Cunningham, Richard Gordon, Scott Carpenter, Stuart Roosa, Jim McDivitt, and Ken Mattingly, as well as the first director of the Manned Spacecraft Center, Robert R. Gilruth. In fine condition, with a crease to the lower left corner, affecting none of the signatures. An outstanding photo packed with signatures that represent nearly every program and facet of NASA’s early years. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.
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Flown printed fabric Mexican flag, 6 x 4, carried to the lunar surface on board the LM Orion, signed in blue ink on the white stripe of the flag, “Arrived on the lunar surface aboard ‘Orion’ April 20, 1972. Flown to the moon on Apollo 16, Charlie Duke, Lunar Module Pilot.” Flag is affixed by its corners to a 9.25 x 12 certificate stating “This flag was flown aboard the first Apollo mission to the lunar highlands,” and signed in black felt tip by Charlie Duke. Accompanied by an unusually lengthy handwritten certificate of authenticity from Duke, which reads, in part: “this flag of the Republic of Mexico accompanied me aboard the lunar module ‘Orion’ to the Descartes Highlands of the moon…this flag was stowed in my…PPK. There it remained throughout almost 72 hours on the lunar surface. This flag was exposed to the vacuum of space on each of the three EVA’s which totalled over 20 hours for Apollo 16…Since that time it has remained as a treasured part of my personal space collection.” In fine condition, with a bit of trivial feathering to writing on flag. Not to be confused with the more common lunar orbit flown flags, international flags flown to the lunar surface are exceedingly rare. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.