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Apollo 7 Flown Scissors Complete with Lanyard and Snap Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Commander Wally Schi...

2012 November 2 Space Exploration Signature Auction - Dallas #6082

 
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Important piece of equipment flown on America's first three-man space mission.
Apollo 7 Flown Scissors Complete with Lanyard and Snap Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Commander Wally Schirra. Measuring approximately 8.25" in length, this stainless steel surgical cutting tool, manufactured by Weck, was used by Schirra during the first manned Apollo mission. The part number "SDB 42100059-202" and serial number "1003" are both printed near the hinge on one side; the "Weck," "Weck U.S.A. Stainless," and "Wexteel" markings are engraved on the other. The original lanyard and snap are still present with a part number of "SDB 42100118 702" and a serial number of "1018". The scissors were used by the crew for various purposes including the very important task of opening their plastic food pouches. They were located in a pocket strapped onto one of the legs of their Pressure Garment Assembly at launch and then transferred to the leg of their in-flight coverall garment once in space. The male fastener attached to the lanyard would be snapped onto the female fastener of the scissors pocket to keep them handy but prevent the sharp instrument from flying about the spacecraft. The scissors are still in good working order, sharp with good spring tension, in excellent condition as is the lanyard and snap. Creatively mounted to a red silk background and framed to an overall 17.5" x 14.5".

The crew of Apollo 7, Wally Schirra, Don Eisele, and Walt Cunningham, spent nearly eleven days in earth orbit, October 11-22, 1968. It was the first manned launch of the Saturn IB launch vehicle and America's first three man crew. The Command/ Service Module was of a completely new design after the tragic Apollo 1 launch pad fire. This was the shakedown mission testing the life-support, propulsion, and control systems. Its success led to the launch of Apollo 8 to the moon just two months later.

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