DescriptionApollo 16 Flown Bungee Strap with Hooks Directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Commander John Young. A 0.56" x 11.5" (unextended length) strap with two hook and two snap closures consisting of two heavy cloth pieces, each 2" in length, held together by a metal spring. The serial and part numbers are printed on either side of one end: "06362/ AAJ2237" and "V36-601171-/ 21". This part number, according to the Stowage List, corresponds to a "Hook Assy, Data Retention (Long)" and only two were carried aboard. These items were quite handy aboard the spacecraft, allowing the astronauts to tie down various materials, attaching the hooks or 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 though the last two digits of the part number are smeared.
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 with hooks that accompanies this letter, serial number V36 - 601171 - 21, 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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