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Apollo 12 Lunar Module Flown Spacecraft Identification Plate Display Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Comman...

2012 November 2 Space Exploration Signature Auction - Dallas #6082

 
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Auction Ended On: Nov 2, 2012
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ID plate from Intrepid, the second Lunar Module to land on the moon.
Apollo 12 Lunar Module Flown Spacecraft Identification Plate Display Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Commander Pete Conrad, Certified and Signed. A metal plaque of 5.25" x 1.75" mounted to a 10" x 11" shield-shaped wooden display plaque beneath a metal die-cut representation of the lunar module. Engraved on the plaque from the Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corp. is the following:

CDR. C. CONRAD CDR. R. GORDON CDR. A. BEAN

above the Part No. "LDW 280-54000-23, the Serial No. "001" and other information such as the Dsgn Cont No. "1st Lunar Exploration", Contr No. "NAS 9-1100", and "LAUNCH 11-14-69, SPLASHDOWN 11-24-69".

The back of the plaque has been signed by Conrad in black felt tip, as follows: "LM-6 Part No. Plate/ Carried aboard Intrepid/ to the 'Ocean of Storms.' Moon/ and returned by the crew./ Charles Conrad/ Cdr. Apollo XII".

Three of these Lunar Module-6 Identification Plates were flown to the moon on Apollo 12 and returned to Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corp. They then mounted each ID plate on a wall plaque and one was presented to each crewmember. Rarely offered, this one was last sold at auction in 1994. An extremely significant part of space history, worthy of inclusion in the finest private or institutional collections. Very fine condition with various chips and dings around the edges of the wooden plaque, the plate is excellent. The right leg of the LM die-cut is lifting slightly, could be glued back down flush.

Launched just four months after Apollo 11, this mission featured several firsts. Apollo 12 was: the first rocket launch attended by a U.S. president (Richard Nixon); the first precision lunar landing (Conrad landed within a few hundred feet of target); the first human examination of a previously-launched space probe (Surveyor 3); the first color television camera on the moon; and the first installation of a nuclear-powered Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Package (ALSEP) for long-term data transfer back to earth. In all, Intrepid spent more than thirty-one hours on the moon. By the way, Pete Conrad's first words as he stepped onto the lunar surface were: "Whoopie! Man, that may have been a small one for Neil, but that's a long one for me" (Pete was somewhat shorter than Neil Armstrong).

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