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Apollo 17 Flown Lunar Surface Rock Manifest

Flown double-sided EVA 1 Prep ‘Rock Manifest’ page used by Gene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt to document their collection of moon rocks on the lunar surface during Apollo 17. Checklist page is numbered 2-1 and 2-2 and measures 8 x 5.5. Side 2-1, detailing the EVA-prep procedure, is labeled “114:55 Cabin Prep EVA 1 (20 Min)” dated “11/6/72,” and certified by Cernan in black ballpoint, “This page bearing lunar dust flew to the lunar surface, Gene Cernan.” Second side of page provides a detailed moon rock collection summary, dated “9/12/72,” entitled “Collection Weight Summary,” and signed by Cernan at the bottom right in blue ink, under an ink stamp reading, “Landed on the Moon aboard the Apollo 17 LM ‘Challenger.’” Moon rock summary covers all three Apollo 17 EVAs, with information filled in by Harrison Schmitt for the first two. For EVA 1 Schmitt notes SRC “32,” Bag “2, 16,” for a total of “48.” For EVA 2, he notes SRC “41.5,” Bag “6, 24,” Bag “8, 35,” for a total of “100.5.” Under the heading “Collection Bag Stowage,” there are four lines including: “1 – Aft Eng Cover (40 # Max): Bag” [Schmitt has written “8”]; “1 – LHMS (40 # Max): Bag” [Schmitt has written “7”]; “2 – LH + RHSSC (40 # Max): Bag” [Schmitt has written “6 LH, 5 RH”]; “2 – ISA (50 # Max): Bags” [Schmitt has written “2, 4.”]. In fine condition, consistent with lunar surface use, and a strip of tape to each of the three punch holes.

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Posted by on November 17, 2014 in Apollo 17

 

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Apollo 17 Complete Flown CSM Updates checklist

Complete flown Command Service Module Updates checklist carried aboard Apollo 17, used by the entire crew and heavily annotated by Harrison Schmitt or Ron Evans. Checklist consists of 53 heavy cardstock 6 x 8 pages (including covers) bound by 3 metal rings, titled on the front, “Apollo 17, CSM Updates, Part No. SKB32100123–330, S/N 1001,” and boldly certified and signed on the cover by Cernan in blue felt tip, “Flown on Apollo XVII, Gene Cernan.” Of the 51 pages within the checklist, there are 25 pages with writing on them, 21 are heavily noted by Schmitt and Evans with PADs, and four otherwise blank pages are certified and signed by Cernan, “Flown, Gene Cernan.” Each page is dated “8/7/72,” and all but the title page is double-sided. There are six tabs in the checklist: “P30 Maneuver,” “P37 Block Data,” “Earth Orbit Block Data,” “P27 Update,” “P24 LDMK Tracking,” and lastly, “Flight Plan Update.” Cernan has written flown certifications in black felt tip inside the checklist twelve times, each on separate pages (including all tabbed pages except for the first), “Flown, Gene Cernan.” Schmitt and Evan’s mission notes, in bold black felt tip, are all located on the first 11 pages (each double-sided) under the beginning “P30 Maneuver” tab. These pages list subjects such as: “Set Stars,” “R Align,” P Align,” “Y Align,” Ullage,” and six columns on which Schmitt and Evan’s recorded a multitude of numbers. Some of their handwritten notes on these pages read: “1. Burn Docked, 2. PTL reformat, 3. LM 36281,” “LM 36281, P – 21, Y – 181, perilun 53.1,” “Burn docked, PTC reformat,” “1. Burn docked, 2. LOI refsmat,” “LM 36312, SING BK 6:51,” “1. Burn and k, 2. Assume DOI-I,” “1. Burn and k, 2. Assume No Circ., 3. -140.9° Long (Lunar) At TIG,” “1. Burn und k, 2. Assume CIRC, 3. -147.62° Lunar Long at Tig,” “At TIG – 178.34, Assumes no plane change,” “4 Jet, 12 sec, TIG = -156.91°, Assumes Trim & LOPC burn, Assumes liftoff refsmmat.” Six of Cernan’s twelve handwritten flight certifications, “Flown, Gene Cernan,” are located on these first eleven pages within the “P30 Maneuver” tab.

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Posted by on November 13, 2014 in Apollo 17

 

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