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    Apollo 14: Crew Photo Signed by Roosa and Insurance Cover Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Lunar Module Pilot Edgar Mitchell, Signed and Certified. Two items, as follows.
    (1) A 10" x 8" NASA color white space suit litho print signed as follows: "To Richard Silmser/ With Best Regards/ From Apollo 14/ Stuart A Roosa". Excellent condition.
    (2) A launch cover postmarked with a pictorial cancellation from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, January 31, 1971, bearing a U.S. 10¢ "First Man on the Moon" (Scott #C76) commemorative stamp. It is attached by archival corners to an informative certificate on Mitchell's letterhead (full text is found online). The cachet bears the mission insignia with three pair of aviator wings beneath as seen only on the official Houston Space Center Stamp Club covers. He has signed: "Official Cover From Personal Collection/ Edgar Mitchell". Insurance covers were typically signed by the entire crew before the flight and left behind for the families to sell should their loved ones not survive the mission. A few of the Apollo 14 covers were not signed but were cancelled at the launch; this is one of those that Dr. Mitchell retained for his personal collection. Excellent condition.

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    AN OFFICIAL APOLLO 14 CREW "INSURANCE" COVER from the personal space collection of Apollo 14 Moonwalker Edgar Mitchell.

    PRIOR TO APOLLO 14'S LAUNCH, crewmembers Edgar Mitchell, Alan Shepard, and Stu Roosa were presented with specially prepared Apollo 14 postal covers by the Manned Space Center Stamp Club. The covers were produced for the crew to sign in pre-flight quarantine, and then leave behind with their families as a form of insurance that could be sold should they fail to return. Apollo 14 Insurance Covers are identified by the three aviator wings, printed below the mission emblem, which are found ONLY on official Insurance Covers.

    All the Insurance Covers, including this example, accompanied the crew into quarantine, where most were signed. The crew, however, intentionally left some covers unsigned, to be postmarked with the signed copies on launch day. Once postmarked, all the covers were flown via T-38A to Houston for distribution. Edgar Mitchell later autographed the unsigned covers, and certified their official status, and has preserved them in his space collection since 1971.

    THESE COVERS PLAYED AN INTEGRAL ROLE IN THE FLIGHT, giving the crew confidence that they had left behind a tangible asset that could be sold, if needed, to raise money for their families. This permitted them to focus completely on their historic mission, which culminated in mankind's third lunar landing on February 5, 1971.

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    November, 2012
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