DescriptionApollo 16 Lunar Module Flown Engraved Spoon Directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Commander John Young. This 6.75" long Community Stainless tablespoon is engraved on the handle, "JOHN W. YOUNG/ LM - 11 CDR" to the right of an engraved NASA logo. This utensil was used aboard the Lunar Module Orion (LM-11) during Young's nearly three full days on the moon's surface. Eating in space made a giant leap forward during the Apollo era as they had the luxury of both cold and hot water. The invention of a device called the "spoon-bowl" allowed a more normal eating experience of rehydrated food; a plastic zipper was opened and the food was removed with a spoon. The moisture content in the food allowed it to cling to the spoon. Apollo astronauts were thus the first to use eating utensils such as this spoon in flight. Excellent condition.
Included with this lot is a signed Letter of Certification from John Young stating: "I hereby certify that the Apollo 16 metal spoon that accompanies this letter, engraved with the NASA emblem, LM-11 CDR and JOHN W. YOUNG, was flown with me to the moon and used aboard the LM on the lunar surface during the mission April 16-27, 1972. It has been a part of my personal collection since the mission."
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