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    Lunar map flown to the moon's surface on Apollo 16, showing their landing site.

    Apollo 16 Lunar Module Flown Landing Site Map Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Lunar Module Pilot Charlie Duke, Certified and Signed, also Signed by John Young. A 10.5" x 7.5" B&W printed lunar surface map, number twenty-one of the twenty-four maps used aboard the Lunar Module Orion for navigation to their landing site which is shown on this very map. Apollo 16, April 16-27, 1972, was the fifth manned moon landing and the first to land in a highlands area. This map was onboard Orion during its three day stay on the lunar surface, after it aided Duke and Young in their landing in the Descartes highland region. LMP Duke chose to keep it for his personal collection as was allowed by NASA during that period. Extremely fine condition.

    Young has signed the map on the front: "John Young/ Apollo 16 CDR".

    Duke has certified this map on the front: "I certify that this lunar orbital chart #21/ was carried to the moon's lunar surface/ on board the lunar module 'Orion'/ on Apollo 16./ April 20, 1972/ Charles M. Duke, Jr./ Apollo 16 LMP".

    Included with this lot is a signed, illustrated Letter of Certification from Duke stating, in part: "This is to certify that the accompanying Apollo 16 Lunar Navigational Map, - Bearing Plate Number 21 - was flown to the Descartes Highlands of the Moon, where it landed on April 20, 1972. This Lunar Map is one of 24 identically-sized plates which comprised our 'Lunar Orbit Monitor Chart' and was used aboard our Lunar Module 'Orion' to help us navigate while preparing to land on the Moon... This particular map is unique, as it displays Apollo 16's landing site on the Descartes Highlands!... After landing, this map spent 72 hours in the one-sixth gravity of the Moon aboard the 'Orion', and was also exposed to the lunar environment each time we opened the hatch for our moonwalks... This lunar map has remained a treasured part of my personal space collection for thirty years... This Map remains both a historic navigational took from one of the first manned lunar landings, and a rare example of an astronaut flight-certified artifact returned from the surface of the Moon!"

    Also included is a color photo of Duke certifying and signing this item and a Certificate of Authenticity from Novaspace for the John Young signature.




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    October, 2009
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