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    Apollo 16 Crew-Signed Insurance Cover. This philatelic cover bears the "United States in Space" U.S. 8ยข stamp (Scott #1434) with a pictorial cancellation on the day of launch, April 16, 1972, at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The crewmembers' signatures, "John Young", "Ken Mattingly", and "Charlie Duke" are all in black felt-tip around the front. The color cachet features the Apollo 16 mission insignia with Astronaut pins at lower left and right. Insurance covers were a tradition that started with Apollo 11 and continued through this mission. The astronauts would all sign a certain quantity of these covers to be left on earth as a contingency against their failing to return safely from the moon. In the case of a tragedy, the covers would be sold with the proceeds benefiting their families, not unlike an insurance policy. Excellent condition. From the Steven R. Belasco Collection of Space Memorabilia.

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