DescriptionApollo 15 Lunar Module Flown LM Utility Light with Attached Cord Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Commander Dave Scott, with Signed LOA. A portable light with two incandescent bulbs (for redundancy) behind glass lenses, approximately 2.25" x 2.25" x 1.5" in size (not including the mounting bracket and electrical connector). It has printed part numbers of "LDW340-53053-3-7" and "LDW340-52039-7-2" along with a serial number of "0012". These utility lights were connected to the overhead utility light panel and used in the lunar module to supplement the internal cabin lighting. The machined Teflon housing acted as a thermal and electrical insulator. It comes attached to its original coiled utility light cable assembly, approximately 33" long, featuring copper wire inside clear insulation, two Velcro-backed strips for mounting to the wall of the spacecraft, and a four pin, Beta cloth-wrapped electrical connector at the other end. This was one of two utilized in the Lunar Module Falcon on the lunar surface to power small utility lights for the use of the crewmen. It remained in the LM on the moon for nearly three days. Lunar Module Pilot Jim Irwin mentions these cords in his book To Rule the Night (page 91): "Dave and I wanted a few personal souvenirs, so we took the utility lights and loose parts of the Lunar Module." (copy of page included). Also included is a copy of a page from the Stowage List showing this part. Seldom seen complete with cord. Excellent condition. From the Steven R. Belasco Collection of Space Memorabilia.
Included with this lot is a signed Letter of Authenticity on his letterhead stating, in full: "This is to certify that this utility light was part of the equipment used onboard Lunar Module during the flight of Apollo 15. It was used to provide light for checklist reading and other functions in the LM during cabin darkness on the surface, and when passing around the backside of the moon during the flight to and from the Command Module. I saved this piece of equipment after the flight as a memento of the mission. It has been part of my personal collection ever since the flight and is genuine in every respect."
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