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    The Apollo 15 cover incident

    Apollo 15 Postal Covers Incident: NASA Document Archive including Deke Slayton's Handwritten Request for a Reprimand, all Directly from the Estate of NASA Legend Chris Kraft, with Certificate of Authenticity. An amazing collection of mostly internal documents related to this well-known scandal where the Apollo 15 astronauts, David Scott, Jim Irwin, and Al Worden, agreed to take payments for carrying unauthorized postal covers on the LM Falcon to the lunar surface. All 8" x 10", staple-bound, printed recto only, fine.

    Management Chronology MSC and HQs: Two pages, spelling out the sequence of events beginning with the "Latter part of October 1971" when Henry Josten wrote to MSC inquiring "as to the authenticity of the cover" he was considering purchasing through to "July 10, 1972" when the astronauts were reprimanded.
    James Fletcher Letter to the Chairman of the Committee on Aeronautical and Space Sciences of the United States Senate: A photocopy of the twenty-six-page letter date July 27, 1972, "setting out in some detail a chronological narrative of information developed from our inquiry to date,"
    Statement of James Fletcher before the Committee on Aeronautical and Space Sciences of the United States Senate: Marked "Executive Session Not For Release" at top. Not dated [but August 3, 1972]. Seven pages, a detailed summary of the situation to date.
    "Policy Regarding Articles To Be Carried On Manned Space Flight Missions": An internal MSC Management Document. August 7, 1972, seven pages with a cover letter from Chris Kraft to Dale Myers at NASA in Washington proposing its implementation on all future manned flights.
    "Articles Carried On Manned Space Flights": A NASA photocopied press release dated September 15, 1972, reporting on James Fletchers' release of facts about the postal covers as well as the Fallen Astronaut sculpture, and unauthorized timepieces.
    Deke Slayton Autograph Note Signed: One page, lined paper, not dated, in full: " Chris - reprimands - A-15. Slayton sole individual responsible for crew actions & support crew actions. Since this incident happened on my watch, should consider me next in line after crew for reprimand. My responsibility. Deke". A noble gesture by Slayton to Chris Kraft.

    "After Bob Gilruth moved on to Washington. I was sitting in his old office, now director of the Manned Spacecraft Center, when a news story revealed that a dealer in Germany was selling stamps and envelopes carried to the moon and signed by Scott, Al Worden, and Irwin. I told Deke to check it out. His report was straightforward, and it opened a Pandora's box of troubles for the astronaut office and for NASA. 'They did it,' Deke told me a day later. 'There was no hiding. Dave just said sure, nothing wrong with it, right? Hell, Chris, I don't know. They each got a large sum of money in a Swiss bank account. Maybe it wasn't smart, but was it wrong? Or illegal?' 'I don't know. But it doesn't smell good.' I passed the information on to George Low at Headquarters..." ( Flight. My Life in Mission Control by Chris Kraft, page 343, New York: Dutton, 2001).


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