A flown sliver-tone religious medal carried on Apollo 9, measuring 1″ in diameter, depicting “Our Lady of Loretto [sic]” with text below reading, “Protect my Flight.” The reverse depicts an airplane and is encircled by text reading, “Patroness of Aviators & Air Travelers.” In fine condition. Accompanied by a signed letter of provenance from Jim McDivitt, in full: “I certify that this Our Lady of Loretto [sic] medallion was flown on-board Apollo 9 on her flight in March, 1969. It is from my personal collection.” A different format than typically seen with a fine manned flight association, as Our Lady of Loreto is the patron saint of pilots.
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Extraordinary log book extensively used during the Apollo 9 flight, 5.5 x 8, signed and flight-certified inside the front cover in felt tip, “Flown on Apollo 9, 1st flight of the Lunar Module! Jim McDivitt, CDR,” “Dave Scott, CMP,” and “Rusty Schweickart, LMP.” The book consists of 100 pages (50 individual sheets), with 34 pages filled out in-flight with detailed observations on the performance of the spacecraft, star sightings, photography notes, water and food intake, and other subjects of interest.
Bidding for the Space and Aviation Auction opens Apr 16, 2015 & ends Apr 23, 2015
Flown 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 “95.” Normal condition. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity signed by Dave Scott, which reads, in part: “I hereby certify that the Apollo 9 silver medallion number ‘95’ 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 ‘95’ included with this letter.” RR Auction COA.
Flown heat shield fragment removed from the Apollo 9 capsule after its return to Earth. Fragment measures approximately 1.25 x .5 with one end charred and melted from the intense heat of re-entry. Accompanied by a small plaque describing the mission. In fine condition. RR Auction COA.
Large, flown Target of Opportunity (TOO) Map, carried on board Apollo 9 in 1969. This second edition map measures 39.5 x 10 and is labeled in the lower right, “Targets of Opportunity Earth Flight Chart (AET) Apollo 9 Mission.” This map shows the 10 principal areas of photography for the EOS65 Multispectral Terrain Photography Experiment, the one formal scientific experiment aboard the mission. As a photographic dress rehearsal for Landsat, this critical and highly successful experiment provided the global scientific community the first simultaneous satellite photography of the earth’s surface. The photography consisted of 372 photographs of identical surface locations as indicated on the TOO map, taken simultaneously by a four-camera Hasselblad assembly mounted in the Apollo spacecraft window. Map is signed in green felt tip, “Flown aboard Apollo 9, Jim McDivitt CDR.” Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from McDivitt which states “I certify that this Target of Opportunity map was flown onboard Apollo 9 on her flight from March 3-13, 1969.” In fine condition, with several vertical storage folds. Rare and one-of-a-kind. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.
Exceptional color satin-finish 10 x 10 photo from of the Apollo 9 capsule in orbit, signed in silver ink, “Rendezvous in Earth Orbit, 7th of March 1969, Dave Scott, Apollo 9 CMP,” “Rusty Schweickart,” and “Jim McDivitt, Apollo 9 CDR.” In fine condition, with a strip of adhesive remnant on the reverse. Accompanied by a photo of Schweickart taken at time of signing. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.