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    Lunar map flown to the moon's surface on Apollo 16

    Apollo 16 Lunar Module Flown Lunar Orbit Monitor Chart Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Lunar Module Pilot Charlie Duke, Signed and Certified. A 10.5" x 7.625" B&W printed lunar surface map enclosed in an archival sleeve, number nineteen of the twenty-four maps used aboard the Lunar Module Orion for navigation to its landing site. Duke has signed on the back: "This navigational lunar chart was/ flown to the lunar surface on/ board 'Orion': April 20-23, 1972/ Charles M. Duke, Jr." Note: the chart is inserted into archival mounting corners so that the inscription on the verso can be easily read. On the front is a 2.75" square label titled "Apollo 16 Lunar Surface Artifact," it also bears Duke's full signature with detailed information on the provenance of the chart. A second label titled is initialed by Duke stating that it was flight-recovered from the lunar surface. 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. The chart is beautifully matted and framed in gold and red suede with a 12.5" x 10.5" (sight size) signed and illustrated Letter of Certification boldly signed "Charles M. Duke, Jr." (text below). Excellent.

    Text of certificate: "This is to certify that the attached Apollo 16 navigational chart accompanied me aboard our Lunar Module Orion to the Descartes Highlands of the Moon, where it landed on April 20, 1972. The chart then spent the next three days on the surface of the Moon housed in the Orion. This chart played a critical role in the success of our mission, as it was used by John Young and me to monitor our flight path over the Moon during our descent to the lunar surface! Each Astronaut was permitted to keep disposable items as personal mementos, and I chose to include this chart among mine. Today, it remains among the finest astronaut flight-certified objects on Earth ever flown to the surface of another world, and has been a treasured part of my personal space collection since April, 1972."

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