DescriptionApollo 15 Crew-Signed Insurance Cover Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Command Module Pilot Al Worden, Signed and Certified (Twice), with Signed LOA. A philatelic cover, postmarked July 26, 1971, with a pictorial NASA cancellation from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, over an 8¢ "Antarctic Treaty" stamp. At left is a color cachet of the mission insignia with "NASA Manned Spacecraft Center Stamp Club" printed above and "Official Commemorative Cover" below. The three crewmembers have boldly signed beneath the cachet: "Dave Scott", "Al Worden", and "Jim Irwin". Underneath the flap, Worden has signed: "From My Personal Collection/ Al Worden/ Apollo 15/ #44 AMW" and below the flap: "Insurance Cover from my/ Personal Collection/ Al Worden/ Apollo 15 CMP". The original stiffening card is included, printed both sides with mission data. Lightly toned at top edge, otherwise very fine.
Included with this lot is a signed Certificate of Authenticity on his letterhead that gives a precise explanation of the history and purpose of these insurance covers. It states (in part): "I hereby certify that the commemorative postal cover number 44 included with this letter was an Apollo 15 insurance cover. It has been in my possession since the flight in 1971. Insurance covers were provided to selected space flight crews by the stamp club at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, Texas. The purpose of these covers was to provide for the crew families in the event the crew did not return from their flight. There was no other insurance available to the crews because of the risk of flights to the moon..."
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