DescriptionApollo 14 Lunar Module Flown Safety Line and Apollo-Soyuz Test Project Flown Beta Cloth Insignia in Framed "Moon Shot" Display. The best-selling book Moon Shot The Inside Story of America's Race to the Moon was written by astronauts Alan Shepard and Deke Slayton and co-authored by Jay Barbree and Howard Benedict This 37" x 32" matted and framed display combines images from the book with two flown items from the astronauts involved with the project. As follows:
Alan Shepard: A small section of a white woven material, approximately 1" x 0.25", laminated to a color photo of the Apollo 14 launch. The text printed above reads: "Presented in appreciation of your role in Apollo 14's success. This small portion of the lunar surface safety line was carried by the astronauts on the moon's surface February 5-6, 1971". This piece has been inset into a B&W photo of Shepard on the lunar surface and he has signed: "Jay-/ This section of safety/ line was with me/ on the Moon February/ 5 and 6, 1971/ Alan Shepard".
Deke Slayton: A mission insignia on Beta cloth signed by all five members of the American and Soviet crews: "Deke Slayton", "Tom Stafford", "V Brand", "Alexei Leonov", and "Valeri Kubasov". Beneath is a note from Slayton's widow: "Jay/ This suit patch and/ crew signatures flew/ on the Apollo Soyuz/ mission and came from/ Deke's personal collection./ Bobbie Slayton".
Interesting item. Excellent condition.
Included with this lot is a 1996-dated, signed and notarized Letter of Authenticity from Howard S. Benedict as Executive Director of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation reading, in full: "As the Executive Director of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, I was personally present when Astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr. wrote the following message, 'Jay, this section of safety line was with me on the moon February 5 and 6, 1971,' and autographed it 'Alan Shepard' on the black and white picture of him busy with experiments on the lunar surface. The section of safety line is mounted on its display card within a window of the photograph, and during Astronaut Shepard's walk on the moon, the safety line was located on the MET (Mobile Equipment Transport) next to him in the picture. The MET was called a 'golf cart' by those of us who reported the Apollo 14 mission, and shortly after this picture was made, Astronaut Shepard became the only person to ever hit a golf ball on the moon."
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