Worn on the lunar surface for nearly eight hours in 1969, it still bears traces of lunar dustApollo 12 Lunar Module Flown and Surface-Used PLSS Strap Directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Lunar Module Pilot Alan Bean, Certified and Signed. A Beta cloth strap of 3.25" x 16.75" overall, with metal clasp attached. Lunar Module Pilot Alan Bean used this strap on the lunar surface during Extra Vehicular Activities totaling seven hours and forty-five minutes while exploring the Ocean of Storms during the Apollo 12 mission, November 19-20, 1969. Captain Bean has written directly on the strap in black felt tip: "My Left/ PLSS/ Waist Strap/ that I wore/ on the/ Lunar Surface/ during my/ 2 moonwalks/ (EVAs)/ on Apollo 12/ November 1969/ Alan Bean/ Apollo 12 LMP". Note that the gray spots and streaks on the strap are actually embedded moon dust. An amazing item suitable for the most advanced collections. Very fine. Note: Captain Bean has come to the conclusion that this was his PLSS waist strap, not his shoulder strap as originally certified and has modified his certification on the item to match that information. Images of both can be seen below.
The PLSS is what a moon-walking astronaut would wear on his back to provide the functions of the spacecraft life support system in a smaller, self-contained package. These include regulating suit pressure, providing breathable oxygen, removing carbon dioxide, humidity, odors, and contaminants from breathing oxygen, cooling and recirculating oxygen and water, sensing and reporting suit parameters, and providing communications for the suit occupant. It must be mentioned that pieces of equipment actually used out on the surface of the moon are incredibly rare and supremely desirable. This strap literally helped keep Bean alive by holding up his life support system during the two lunar EVAs.
Fees, Shipping, and Handling Description: Miscellaneous Collectibles, Small (view shipping information)
Sales Tax information | Terms and Conditions
Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments
Glossary of Terms
Buyer's Premium per Lot:
25% on the first $100,000 (minimum $14), plus 20% of any amount between $100,000 and $1,000,000, plus 12% of any amount over $1,000,000 per lot.
- Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
- Bid online
- Free Collector newsletter
- Want List with instant e-mail notifications
- Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
- Cash Advances
- More Bidders
- Trusted Experts
- Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
Learn about consigning with us
Today, I stand gladdened and honored that your staff members worked as though the collection was their own to return to the world. Congratulations on a job well done… strike that, add...for a job magnificently done.View More Testimonials
HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)