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    The fourth spacecraft ID plate from Apollo 12's Lunar Module Intrepid

    Apollo 12 Lunar Module Flown Spacecraft Identification Plate in Desktop Display, Originally Awarded to Grumman Engineer Jim Harrington. A metal ID plate of 5.25" x 1.75" mounted to a 7.75" x 3" x 5" wooden display. Engraved on the plate from the Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corp. is the following:

    APOLLO XII LUNAR MODULE-6
    CDR. C. CONRAD CDR. R. GORDON CDR. A. BEAN
    Part No. "LDW 280-54000-23" / Serial No. "001"
    Dsgn Cont No. "1st Lunar Exploration" / Contr No. "NAS 9-1100"
    "LAUNCH 11-14-69" / "SPLASHDOWN 11-24-69".
    Mfd. By Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corp.
    Bethpage, New York U S FS Code 26512
    James C. Harrington

    Beneath is a brass plaque engraved as follows: "This Nameplate Carried To and Returned From the Moon in APOLLO XII. The First Scientific Exploration of the Ocean of Storms"

    It has always been assumed that only three of these Lunar Module-6 Identification Plates were flown to the moon on Apollo 12 and returned to Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation to be mounted presented to each crewmember. This particular one is the fourth know plate for Apollo 12. Chris Spain's incredible SpaceFlownArtifacts.com website addresses this issue as follows: "In addition to the official spacecraft id plates it appears that Grumman produced at least one more LM plate for the Apollo 12 mission. The plate... was apparently presented after the flight to a key Grumman employee who had worked on the Lunar Module, and is identical to the examples presented to the astronauts except for the addition of the employee's name at the bottom left of the plate." It is not known if there are any other missions with more than the crew's three plates flown.

    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. Rarely offered and an extremely significant part of space history, worthy of inclusion in the finest private or institutional collections. Various chips and dings in the wooden stand and scratches on the brass plaque, the ID plate is excellent.


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