Sunday, 28 September 2008

The final 3 missions.

This UK flag was flown to lunar orbit aboard Apollo 15 Command and Service Module "Endeavour" in July/August 1971. I recall as a spotty youth recording the 3 surface EVAs to a large reel to reel tape machine all the while imploring my parents to "shush". To this day the talking..... and the "shushing" can clearly be heard.

In 1974, on a private visit to the UK fellow Apollo 15 astronaut James B. Irwin presented Prime Minister Harold Wilson and "the people of the United Kingdom" with an identical flag. Jim had carried the flag to the moon in his own Personal Preference Kit.

This Apollo 16 betacloth was the first surface flown artifact I acquired more than 10 years ago. In October 2012 I was afforded an opportunity to reacquaint Charlie with the mission emblem that meant so much to him.

Charlie was kind enough to illustrate the location of the beta cloth patch for the duration of his stay on the moon.

Autographica 2007 was I believe the first time Gene Cernan had seen one of his Challenger flown navigational charts framed and beautifully presented courtesy of Novaspace Galleries. He was so impressed he spent the next 10 minutes showing it to his assistant and explaining the various features, numbers and notations.

Gene Cernan. The last man to walk on the moon, in a classic image from Apollo 17, December 1972.

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