DescriptionApollo 16 Command Module Flown Spacecraft Identification Plate and Heat Shield Plug Directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Commander John Young, Certified and Signed on the Base. A brass plate, 3.25" x 1.75" in size, mounted to a 10" x 5" x 0.75" marble desk set. The brass plate is engraved as follows:
SPACECRAFT - 113
PART NO. V36-000002-281
CAPT. JOHN W. YOUNG - USN
LT. CMDR. T. K. MATTINGLY - USN
LT. COL. C. M. DUKE, JR - USAF
LAUNCH DATE- 4-16-1972
When Rockwell manufactured the Apollo spacecraft, they attached to the interior structure three identical brass identification plates signifying spacecraft number and other key manufacturing information. Upon completion of the mission, it was a tradition for Rockwell to remove these plates during their post-flight inspection of the spacecraft for presentation back to the astronaut crewmembers as part of a specially built desk set. This is the flown Rockwell ID plate removed from the Apollo 16 Command Module (Spacecraft #13) and presented to Mission Commander John Young. Also on this display piece is a 2" x 1.375" x 0.625" semi-circular plug drilled from the heat shield of the Apollo 16 command module. Excellent condition generally; one of the penholders is broken (could be replaced or restored). The Sheaffer 14K gold-nibbed fountain pen and the matching ballpoint pen are included.
On the marble base, John Young has written in silver: "Plate and Heat Shield Plug Flown on Apollo 16. John Young".
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