DescriptionApollo 10 Command Module Flown Rotational Controller Handle from the Charlie Brown CM, presented to Lunar Module Pilot Gene Cernan. A milled aluminum handle, approximately 4.5" tall with a black "trigger" and indented finger grips. It is custom mounted under Plexiglas to a heavy wooden mount with an overall size of 17" x 9.5" x 7.75". With it are two snapshot size photos, one of the CM sixty miles above the moon, and the other of astronauts Tom Stafford and John Young inside the CM with the rotational hand controllers visible in the photo. This is one of two such handles from this flight. The engraved plate on the side of the display exhibits the following text:
REMOVED FROM THE
APOLLO 10 COMMAND MODULE "CHARLIE BROWN"
FOLLOWING ITS HISTORIC TRIP TO THE MOON.
MAY 18-26, 1969
The Apollo 10 mission to the moon in May 1969 was the final, full-scale dress rehearsal for the first lunar landing achieved by Apollo 11 just two months later. Apollo 10 accomplished several space "firsts", including the first rendezvous and docking of two spacecraft in lunar orbit. During reentry in their Command Module Charlie Brown, the Apollo 10 crew reached the fastest speed ever achieved by a human, 28,529 statute miles per hour. This is a record that potentially will not be broken until the first astronauts return from Mars. Control of the Command Module to achieve these space milestones was conducted using the two onboard hand controllers. From the personal collection of Captain Gene Cernan accompanied by written authentication by Cernan.
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