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    Apollo 10 Flown American Flag Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Commander Tom Stafford, Signed and Certified by Him, also Signed by Gene Cernan, includes Stafford's Signed Letter of Authenticity, in Framed Display. A 6" x 4" cloth U.S. flag signed on the lowest white stripe in black ink: "Flown to Moon on Apollo X Tom Stafford" and, on the white stripe above: "Gene Cernan". It is beautifully matted in white linen mat and antique gold fillets with a stunning color Apollo 10 Earthrise-type photo (NASA image AS10-27-3890) and the COA as transcribed below. Overall size is 14" x 29". A very desirable flown flag in a gorgeous framed display. Excellent.

    Included with this lot is a detailed signed Certificate of Authenticity from Tom Stafford on his personal letterhead reading, in full: "THIS IS TO CERTIFY that the accompanying Apollo X United States Flag was carried by me aboard the Command Module "Charlie Brown" in orbit around the Moon. This United States Flag made of Nylon and measures four inches by six inches was carried by me to the Moon in May of 1969 as part of my personal preference kit (PPK).

    "The Apollo X (10) spacecraft was launched from Cape Kennedy at 12:49 p.m. on May 18, 1969. This mission was the first flight of lunar module (LM-4) to the Moon. After the spacecraft completed one and a half revolutions of the Earth, the S-IVB 3rd stage booster was reignited to increase the speed of the spacecraft to the velocity required to escape the gravitational attraction of the Earth. Three days later, the spacecraft was placed in orbit around the Moon.

    "Nineteen color television transmissions (totaling 5 hours 52 minutes) of remarkable quality provided the world audience with the 1st color television in space and the best exposure yet to spacecraft activities and spectacular views of the earth and the moon.

    "Gene Cernan and I descended in the lunar module to an altitude of less than 47,000 feet above the Moon. At this altitude, we were able to reconnoiter the proposed Apollo 11 landing site. The LM then completed the 1st successful rendezvous in lunar orbit with John Young in the command module.

    "We began the return journey to Earth. During re-entry we reached a velocity of 24,791 mph which is still the record for the fastest that any human has ever traveled. Splashdown occurred at 12:52 p.m. on May 26, 1969, 1.3 nautical miles from the target landing point.

    "During the Apollo Program, it was NASA's policy to allow astronauts to keep personal items from their mission as personal mementos, and I accordingly chose to include this United States Flag among mine. This US Flag then remained a treasured part of my personal space collection from December, 1972, when it was returned to me by NASA."


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    Auction Dates
    May, 2019
    9th-11th Thursday-Saturday
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