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    Apollo 12 Lunar Module Flown Paperweight with Lunar Surface Experiments Package Emblem. The Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Package (ALSEP) comprised a set of scientific instruments placed by the astronauts at the landing site of each of the five Apollo Moon missions following Apollo 11 (Apollos 12, 14, 15, 16, and 17). Designed and built by Bendix Aerospace of Ann Arbor, Michigan, the instruments were designed to run autonomously after the astronauts left and to make long term studies of the lunar environment. Bendix designed a number of small silver emblems, depicting an astronaut carrying the ALSEP, to be carried into space and returned for use as mementos. Offered here is Richard Gordon's personal emblem paperweight, which is accompanied by his one-page handwritten explanation of the item. Written on Apollo XII letterhead, it reads in part: "This ALSEP emblem was indeed carried to the surface of the Moon and returned to Earth by the crew of Apollo XII, Conrad, Gordon and Bean. Details of its history are delineated on the base of the paper weight. This memento has been in my collection since returned to me by the Bendix Corporation." Both the paperweight and Gordon's description are in very fine condition. From the collection of Richard Gordon.

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    March, 2008
    25th-26th Tuesday-Wednesday
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