Flown to the surface of the moon.Apollo 14 Lunar Module Flown American Flag Directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Lunar Module Pilot Edgar Mitchell, Signed and Certified, with Signed LOA. A 6" x 4" cloth U.S. flag that was carried aboard the Lunar Module Antares all the way to the surface of the moon on February 5, 1971, where it remained for more than thirty-three hours. Apollo 14 launched on January 31, 1971, with crewmembers Alan Shepard, Stuart Roosa, and Ed Mitchell aboard. It was the third successful lunar landing mission, gathering approximately one hundred pounds of moon rocks and performing various surface experiments (including how far a golf ball could be driven on the moon). They returned to Earth on February 9, 1971. Dr. Mitchell has signed on the three lower white stripes: "Flown to the Lunar Surface/ aboard Antares Feb 5, 1971/ Edgar Mitchell Apollo 14 LMP". Items flown to the moon's surface are extremely desirable to collectors. Excellent condition.
Included with this lot is a handsomely illustrated color signed Letter of Authenticity stating, in full: "This is to certify that the accompanying - Apollo 14 Lunar Surface American Flag - was proudly carried by me aboard our Lunar Module 'Antares' to the Moon's surface. On February 5, 1971, Alan Shepard and I landed our Lunar Module 'Antares' on the Moon at Fra Mauro, during mankind's third lunar-landing mission. To commemorate this milestone, I personally carried the accompanying 4x6 inch American Flag with me in my Lunar Module "Personal Preference Kit" bag. This flag then remained stowed within the 'Antares', and it's one-sixth lunar-gravity environment, as Alan Shepard and I completed our exploration of the Moon's surface. To uniquely identify this flag for future generations, I have personally inscribed it as having been flown to the lunar surface aboard the 'Antares', and then signed it. During the Apollo program, it was NASA's policy to allow astronauts to keep both personal effects, and disposable equipment from their missions, as personal mementos to do with as they wished. This Lunar Surface Flag has been a valued part of my personal space collection since 1971, when it was presented back to me by NASA upon its release from lunar quarantine."
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