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Dave Scott’s Apollo 15 Lunar Surface-used Scissors

Flown scissors carried aboard the Apollo 15 mission and used on the lunar surface by Commander David R. Scott, measuring 8.25″ long, manufactured by Weck. The stainless steel surgical-style scissors are engraved on the side with the NASA part number, “SDB42100059-202,” and serial number, “1028,” with “Weck U.S.A. Stainless.” Three red swatches of Velcro are affixed near the screw. In fine condition, with good spring tension and some adhesive surrounding the Velcro swatches. Accompanied by a signed letter of provenance from Scott, in part: “I hereby certify that the Apollo 15 CDR surgical scissors…are from my personal collection and were used during launch, mission operations, and on the surface of the Moon during Apollo 15…The red Velcro tab identifies the Commander’s scissors to facilitate attachment and stowage. They were located in a pocket strapped onto the leg of my spacesuit (Pressure Garment Assembly) at launch and transferred to the leg of my in-flight coverall garment during cabin operations. The scissors could be used for many different contingency operations in the lunar module on the surface, during EVAs, and during orbital operations. However, the primary use of these scissors on Apollo missions was to open plastic food pouches…These CDR surgical scissors have been in my personal collection since returning to Earth.” A fantastic tool extensively used on the lunar surface by the seventh man to set foot on the moon.

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Posted by on March 22, 2015 in Apollo 15

 

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Apollo 15 Robbins medal made from the storied ‘1715 Spanish Plate Fleet’ silver

Apollo 15 Robbins Medal, approximately 1.5″ diameter, with a raised design on the face of the Apollo 15 mission insignia. The reverse of the sterling silver medal is engraved “Man’s Flight Through Life Is Sustained by the Power of His Knowledge” along with the July 26, 1971, launch date; July 30, 1971, moon landing date; and August 7, 1971, return date. This medal is serial numbered “144” along the rim and was not flown. Medal comes in its original case, also numbered “144.” Condition is mint state. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Dave Scott stating, in part: “I hereby certify that approximately 20% of the silver contained in the Apollo 15 silver medallion number ‘144’ included with this letter was part of a [1 kg] silver ingot salvaged from the famous ‘1715 Spanish Plate Fleet’ that was destroyed by a hurricane almost 300 years ago. This ingot was carried in my Personal Preference Kit (PPK) during Apollo 15, July 26-August 7, 1971. Upon return to Earth, the Spanish silver was mixed with silver from certain Apollo 15 medallions that had been stored on Earth prior to launch to form the combined-silver Apollo 15 medallions such as #144…Prior to the mission, 304 medallions were struck [but due to weight limitations only 127 were carried on the flight]…After the mission the Robbins Company restruck the 177 medallions that had not flown and included the flown Spanish silver bar in the mix…This Apollo 15 medallion serial number ‘144’ has been in my personal collection since the mission.” Prior to Apollo 15, the entire run of medallions had been carried on each flight; but because of spacecraft weight limitations resulting from additional payload on Apollo 15 (the first extended scientific exploration of the Moon), this mission could only carry 127 on board. Though unflown in their final format, these post-mission medallions (as noted by the correct spelling of ‘Apennine’) do contain flown silver from the Spanish Plate Fleet ingot—which clocked twice as much lunar flight time as any complete medallions carried on any flight before Apollo 15—combining 300 years of adventure, from Old World sea exploration to the modern world of space exploration. RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on December 8, 2014 in Apollo 15

 

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Apollo 15 Flown Series 1953B two dollar bill

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.

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Posted by on November 24, 2014 in Apollo 15

 

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Apollo 15 Flown Lunar Rover License Plate

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 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.

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Posted by on November 13, 2014 in Apollo 15

 

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Apollo 15 Flown lunar surface EVA retractable tether

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.

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Posted by on July 27, 2014 in Apollo 15

 

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Apollo 15 Flown COAS Spare Light Bulb Assembly

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.

 

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Posted by on July 25, 2014 in Apollo 15

 

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Apollo 15 Flown Crewman Optical Alignment Sight

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.

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Posted by on May 20, 2014 in Apollo 15, Space

 

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