Flown to the surface of the moon on Apollo 12.Apollo 12 Lunar Module Flown Grumman Tie Pin Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Command Module Pilot Richard Gordon. A gold-colored 17mm diameter pin with an enameled U.S. flag against a lunar surface background on the front. The reverse features the text: "Flown To The Moon By An Intrepid Crew/ Apollo XII/ November 1969" above a Navy Pilot's insignia, with "Conrad - Gordon - Bean" beneath. The callsign for the Apollo 12 Lunar Module LM-6 was Intrepid and the Navy Wing pays honor to the three Naval pilots aboard the mission. There were only fifty of these pins that spent more than thirty-one hours on the lunar surface from November 19 to 20, 1969. Their history is documented in the book, Chariots for Apollo, by Charles Pellegrino (New York: Avon Books, 1999, page 233): "Tommy Attridge had sent fifty gold pins along with Pete Conrad and Alan Bean. They were round, like the moon, and heavily cratered, with the Stars and Stripes (the wrong number of stripes) in the foreground. On their backs were engraved the words FLOWN TO THE MOON BY AN INTREPID CREW. Conrad and Bean were permitted to keep twenty-five of the pins, to hand out to whomever they chose."
Rarely offered for sale, this pin is on the wantlist of many active space collectors. Our consignor purchased it in an auction lot of Ex-Richard Gordon material. Excellent condition; pin is intact with the original chain-style tie tac back.
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