Spacecraft ID plate from Apollo 12's Lunar Module IntrepidApollo 12 Lunar Module Flown Spacecraft Identification Plate Display Directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Lunar Module Pilot Alan Bean, Certified and Signed. A metal ID plate of 5.25" x 1.75" mounted to a 10" x 11" shield-shaped wooden display plaque beneath a metal die-cut representation of the lunar module. Engraved on the plate from the Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corp. is the following:
CDR. C. CONRAD CDR. R. GORDON CDR. A. BEAN
above the Part No. "LDW 280-54000-23, the Serial No. "001" and other information such as the Dsgn Cont No. "1st Lunar Exploration", Contr No. "NAS 9-1100", and "LAUNCH 11-14-69, SPLASHDOWN 11-24-69".
The back of the plaque has been signed by Bean in black felt tip, as follows: "This ID plate was flown aboard our Lunar Module (LM-6) Intrepid to the Lunar Surface on the Ocean of Storms November 19, 1969. It remained on the moon until Pete Conrad and I lifted off on November 20th to rendezvous with Dick Gordon 60 miles above. Alan Bean Apollo 12 LMP".
Three of these Lunar Module-6 Identification Plates were flown to the moon on Apollo 12 and returned to Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corp. They then mounted each ID plate on a wall plaque and one was presented to each crewmember. Rarely offered and an extremely significant part of space history, worthy of inclusion in the finest private or institutional collections. Very fine condition with only a few chips and dings around the edges of the wooden plaque, the ID plate and LM are both excellent.
Launched just four months after Apollo 11, this mission featured several firsts. Apollo 12 was: the first rocket launch attended by a U.S. president (Richard Nixon); the first precision lunar landing (Conrad landed within a few hundred feet of target); the first human examination of a previously-launched space probe (Surveyor 3); the first color television camera on the moon; and the first installation of a nuclear-powered Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Package (ALSEP) for long-term data transfer back to earth. In all, Intrepid spent more than thirty-one hours on the moon.
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