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Gemini 12 Flown EVA-Used Flashlight Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Pilot Buzz Aldrin, with Signed LOA and ... (Total: 2 Items)

2013 April 18 Space Exploration Signature Auction - Dallas #6095

 
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Auction Ended On: Apr 18, 2013
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Location: Heritage Auctions
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Dallas, TX 75219

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Gemini 12 Flown EVA-Used Flashlight Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Pilot Buzz Aldrin, with Signed LOA and Signed Color Photo. A 5.5" long brass flashlight wrapped mostly in Velcro with a distorted lens, quite different than the ones used later on the Apollo missions. The distortion of the lens is attributed to the vacuum of space by Aldrin (see below). To the best of our knowledge, this is the only Gemini flashlight that has come to the auction market; it was first sold at Christie's in 1999. Top bulb area loose from handle, but all parts are present. Otherwise good condition. From the Steven R. Belasco Collection of Space Memorabilia.

An 8" x 10" color photo of Aldrin during a Gemini 12 EVA is included. It shows the flashlight attached to his spacesuit, signed: "Buzz Aldrin". Fine condition.

Included with this lot is a signed Letter of Authenticity on his letterhead stating, in full: "This is one of two EVA flashlights I used on the flight of Gemini XII. During my extravehicular activity (EVA) or spacewalk of 13 November 1966, I exited my cabin seat and moved by hand rails to the adapter section of the Gemini XII spacecraft. I later unstowed two flashlights and mounted them to adjacent hand bars. At the end of my scheduled activities in the adapter section, I removed each light and attached them to Velcro strips on the thigh areas of my space suit and conducted other tests during this EVA. This light was available again for use during a stand up EVA the next day of my flight. The flashlight lens became distorted while exposed to the vacuum of space."

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