DescriptionApollo 13 Flown Utility Light Cord on Plaque Presented by the Crew to Astronaut Paul Weitz, Directly from his Personal Collection, Certified and Signed. A 15" x 10" x 0.75" wooden plaque to which is mounted: an embroidered Apollo 13 mission insignia patch of 4" diameter; a coiled utility light cable assembly with copper wire inside clear insulation, two Velcro-backed strips for mounting to the wall of the spacecraft, and a four pin electrical connector wrapped in beta cloth; and an engraved plate with the text "This Utility Light Cord was Flown on Apollo 13, and is presented to: PAUL WEITZ as 'Stoney' in appreciation for his efforts in lighting up the way to a successful launch." The facsimile autographs of James Lovell, Fred W. Haise, and Jack Swigert are engraved beneath the text. This utility cord would have gone to the moon's surface in the Lunar Module Aquarius had the flight not been shortened because of an explosion in the service module. Excellent condition.
The term "Stoney" was adapted from the name of one of the Mercury engineers, Bill Stone. During the Apollo program, one member of the CapCom Crew would act in the capacity of "Stoney" for each flight. They would control the elevator that brought the crew up to the White Room level before they boarded the spacecraft and give the crew a personal countdown to ignition.
Weitz has certified this plaque near the bottom, "From my personal collection/ Paul Weitz".
Weitz explains the meaning behind the plaque inscription in a handwritten and signed Letter of Certification on his personal letterhead that accompanies this lot. It states: "To whom it may concern- This flown utility light cord was presented to me by the crew of Apollo 13. 'Stoney' was a CapCom position in the KSC Firing Room during Apollo. The function was to keep the crew apprised of the progress of the countdown, including the final voice countdown to engine ignition and liftoff. This item has been in my possession ever since and is from my personal collection of space artifacts."
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