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Gordon Cooper’s Gemini 5 Jacket

Gordon Cooper’s personally-owned and -worn blue jacket bearing an official NASA ‘meatball’ logo patch on the left breast and a Gemini 5 ‘Eight Days or Bust’ patch on the right breast. The original Land Mfg. Co. Flite Wear tag is sewn into the collar area. Expected wear and light soiling from use, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from Cooper’s wife, in part: “This authentic vintage Gemini V NASA ‘Flite Wear’ jacket…belonged to my husband L. Gordon Cooper. It was manufactured by Land Manufacturing Co. of Kansas and worn with pride by Gordo for many years.”

The affixed ‘8 Days or Bust’ mission patch is considered one of the rarest and most highly sought after patches associated with the manned space program—with only a handful ever having been produced; an authentic flown example recently sold at auction for $7,500. Material from this early period of the space program is scarce, and as one of Cooper’s personal items representing his historic mission this jacket is a unique and wonderful piece.

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Posted by on April 21, 2015 in Gordon Cooper

 

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Apollo 12 Flown Tie Tack

Flown gold-tone tie tack pin carried on the Apollo 12 mission, approximately .75″ in diameter, depicting an American flag against a lunar background. Raised text on the reverse reads: “Flown to the moon by an intrepid crew, Apollo XII, November 1969, Conrad-Gordon-Bean.” In fine condition.

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Posted by on April 21, 2015 in apollo 12

 

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Omega Speedmaster Limited Edition

Limited edition 30th Anniversary Omega Speedmaster Professional Moon Watch, numbered 1195/9999, manufactured by Omega in 1999 to celebrate the anniversary of the first moon landing. The stainless steel case houses a manual-winding Omega chronograph movement, calibre 1866 with rhodium-plated finish. The caseback is stamped with the Apollo 11 mission emblem and engraved with Neil Armstrong’s first words upon landing, “Hello Houston, Tranquility Base here, the Eagle has landed,” as well as the date and time, “July 21, 1969, 02:56 GMT.” Includes the original black leather presentation case, box, certificate of authenticity, instruction and service booklets, and three additional bracelet links. In fine condition, with expected light marks and scratches to band from use. NASA subjected several brands of watches to tests under extreme environmental conditions before determining which would be issued to their astronauts—they were subjected to environmental conditions ranging from 0 to 200 °F, tested under 95% humidity for ten days at a time, exposed to high acceleration and shock forces, and experienced severe air pressures and vibrations. After about three years of this extreme testing the evaluation concluded in March 1965 with the selection of the Speedmaster, which survived the tests while remaining largely within 5 seconds per day rate. The Omega Speedmaster Moon Watch has gone on to become one of the most iconic timepieces ever created and is intimately associated with the Apollo program. A highly desirable limited edition watch representing NASA’s crowning achievement of landing a man on the moon. The Leon Ford Collection.

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Posted by on April 20, 2015 in rr auctions

 

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Dave Scott’s Lunar Surface-used Lunar Rover Map

Extraordinary lunar map used on the surface of the moon, labeled “Hadley Rille, EVA-II, 3 of 3,” one page, 10.5 x 8, signed and certified in black felt tip, “This map was used aboard Lunar Rover #1 on the lunar surface at Hadley-Apennine during Apollo 15, Dave Scott, Apollo 15 CDR.” In fine condition. Accompanied by a signed letter of provenance from Scott, in part: “I hereby certify that the Apollo 15 Lunar Rover ‘Bearing Map’…was carried aboard Lunar Roving Vehicle #1 on the surface of the Moon for three days during Apollo 15…This ‘Bearing Chart Map’…consists of a photo map of a section of the Hadley Apennine regions on the Moon with curves depicting the planned route of LRV traverses during the second of three EVAs on Apollo 15. The Map also includes hand-written notes of crater names and circular notes defining the bearing and distance from the indicated stations back to the Lunar Module (LM) Falcon. This map was used for emergency return to the LM in the event the Lunar Rover was unable to return…This map was mounted on the Rover throughout the three days of surface excursions to be readily available. To expedite recovery and use, this map had been temporarily removed from a book of ‘LM Lunar Surface Maps’ and attached to a Rover post with a large clip. The Map contains traces of lunar dust surface and was exposed to the temperature extremes, radiation, and Solar Wind on the surface of the Moon…This LRV Bearing Map for EVA-II, 3 of 3, has been in my personal collection since returning to Earth.” It was during this second EVA that Dave Scott and Jim Irwin recovered the ‘Genesis Rock,’ a large sample composed primarily of anorthite and formed in the early stages of the solar system, at least four billion years ago. The Apollo 15 mission was also the first to use the lunar rover, which logged a total of 56 miles traveled during the EVAs. An absolutely outstanding and historically significant piece. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli.

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Posted by on April 20, 2015 in Dave Scott

 

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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 April 19, 2015 in Dave Scott

 

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Apollo CM Hand Controller

An Apollo Command Module rotation hand controller with outer covering removed, presumed unflown, measuring approximately 6.75 x 9 x 2.75, with several etched and stenciled part numbers, including: “D1986400-1,” “D2000770-1, 94580,” “989552-1,” and “SN1018, D989580.” In fine condition. This piece would be used for controlling spacecraft attitude, and the handle pivots at the palm for pitch up/down, through the center of the handle for yaw left/right, and inside the housing for roll left/right. Lever switches at the front lock and unlock the joystick for operation, and there is a spring-loaded button at the top of the handle. In fine condition, with the top button slightly sticky. An amazing example combining both mechanical and electrical components, demonstrative of the craftsmanship and precision used in the manufacture of Apollo spacecraft parts.

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Posted by on April 17, 2015 in Apollo

 

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John Young’s Apollo 16 Flown Robbins Medal

Flown sterling silver Apollo 16 Robbins medal, approximately 1.5″ in diameter, with a raised design of the Apollo 16 mission insignia on the face and engraved on the reverse with the launch date of April 16, 1972, moon landing date of April 20, 1972, and return date of April 27, 1972. The medal is serial numbered “96” on the edge. Condition is mint state. Accompanied by a signed letter of provenance from the mission commander John Young, in full: “I hereby certify that Apollo 16 Robbins Medal, serial number 96, was flown to the moon with me aboard Apollo 16 April 16–27, 1972, and has been a part of my personal collection since the mission.” This is the second scarcest medallion in the Robbins Series, with just 98 that were flown. In the hierarchy of desirability, a flown Robbins Medallion from a member of the crew who flew it, is most desirable—especially one is such beautiful condition.

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Posted by on April 16, 2015 in John Young

 

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