"...as we handled the card, some of the lunar dust smeared the card."Apollo 16 Lunar Module Flown EVA 1 Prep & Post Cue Cards Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Lunar Module Pilot Charlie Duke, with Signed LOA. Two heavyweight cards, 10.5" x 8" each, with full step-by-step instructions regarding their first lunar EVA, and bearing checkmarks and crossouts made while in the lunar module. The cover the period of 101 hours through 110:25 hours (mission elapsed time). The last instruction is to "Stow EVA 1 Prep & Post Card". See Duke's remarks regarding their use and positioning in his LOA text below. We note a couple of very minor and tiny gray smears that, according to Duke, are lunar dust. Yellowed tape and residue where they were taped together. Fine condition. From the Steven R. Belasco Collection of Space Memorabilia.
Included with this lot is a signed Letter of Authenticity on his personal letterhead stating, in full: "By this letter, I certify that this Prep/Post EVA 1 Cue Card was aboard the Apollo 16 Lunar Module 'Orion' during the descent, landing, and subsequent lunar stay of over seventy-one hours from April 20 to April 23, 1972. This cue card was mounted high on our main instrument panel during our EVA preparation and post EVA activity. The main instrument panel was in the center of the LM so this cue card was easily accessible to my commander, John Young, and me. During our prep and post activities, we referred to this card for each step of our suit donning/ doffing, PLSS donning/doffing, and cabin depress/repress, and all the other procedures necessary to complete a successful EVA. Some items were checked off when completed and other items were deleted for operational considerations. Upon completion of EVA 1, our EVA gloves were covered with lunar dust, so as we handled the card, some of this lunar dust smeared the card. After our liftoff from the lunar surface and rendezvous with the Command Module 'Casper', we transferred our lunar samples, checklists, maps, cue cards, and other items to Casper for the journey to earth where we splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on April 27, 1972. This card has remained a part of my personal space collection ever since that time. Display it with pride as a remembrance of the Apollo Program."
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