DescriptionApollo 16 Flown Bungee Strap Directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Commander John Young. A 0.56" x 12.5" (unextended length) strap with snap closures (eight total) consisting of two heavy cloth pieces, each 3.5" in length, held together by a metal spring. The serial and part numbers are printed on one end: "06362 AAJ2241/ V36-601170-31". This part number, according to the Stowage List, corresponds to a "Snap Assy, Data Retention (Short)" and a total of six were carried aboard. These items should have been quite handy aboard the spacecraft, allowing the astronauts to secure various materials, attaching the snaps to the walls and using the spring tension to hold down whatever they didn't want floating around in the zero gravity. Excellent condition.
Included with this lot is a Letter of Certification signed "John W. Young" on his personal stationery, stating: "I hereby certify that the bungee strap that accompanies this letter, serial number V36 - 601170 - 031, was flown to the moon aboard Apollo 16 and was used on the mission April 16-27, 1972. It has been a part of my personal collection since the mission."
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