A beautiful Apollo 16 star chart presentation. "The black smudges on the chart are lunar dust!"Apollo 16 Lunar Module Flown Star Chart and G&N Dictionary Star List Originally from the Collection of Mission Lunar Module Pilot Charlie Duke, Certified and Signed. Not one, but two important objects that spent three days on the moon in the Lunar Module Orion during the flight of Apollo 16, April 16-27, 1972 with crewmembers John Young, Ken Mattingly, and Charlie Duke. These are amazing items, worthy of the finest collections:
(1) LM Flown Star Chart with Lunar Dust- An 8" x 5.5" three-hole punched card with dozens of stars and constellations. It is archivally encapsulated and "floated" in Lucite above two gorgeous antique 1866 astronomical star maps, printed white against black. All three items are matted and stunningly framed to an overall 24.5" x 19". Two engraved brass plaques give the pertinent information about the charts. Excellent condition.
Note: There are three stars noted on the Apollo 16 star chart that you may not find on other star charts. Gus Grissom was involved with the early planning and production of the Apollo star charts. When they were deciding on which stars to number and name, he made up names for three of the stars in tribute to his fellow Apollo 1 crewmembers. Star number 3 was called "Navi" which is his own middle name Ivan spelled backwards. Star number 17 was named "Regor" which is Roger (Chaffee) spelled backwards. Star number 20 was "Dnoces" which is Second (Ed White II) spelled backwards. After the tragic deaths of this crew in a training accident, NASA decided to leave these names on the future charts as a tribute.
Duke has certified this chart: "This Apollo 16 Star Chart,/ Bearing Lunar Dust, Was Used by Me/ On the Moon!/ April 20-23, 1972/ Charles M. Duke Jr. -Moon Walker-"
Included with this item is a signed, illustrated Letter of Certification from Duke stating, in part: "This is to certify that the accompanying Apollo 15 Star Chart, bearing lunar dust, flew aboard our Lunar Module Orion to the Descartes Highlands of the Moon, where it landed April 20, 1972. It spent three days on the moon in the Orion, and was used for navigational purposes during the mission. The black smudges on the chart are lunar dust! The dust entered the Orion each time we depressurized our cabin and opened the hatch, exposing the cabin and its contents directly to the lunar environment... It has been a treasured part of my personal space collection since it's return from the Moon in April, 1972."
(2) LM Flown Star List- An 8" x 6" two-sided Star List, pages 1-1 and 1-2 from the Guidance & Navigation Dictionary with a tab titled "STARS, VERBS, NOUNS". The front page lists all the stars from the above chart both by number and alphabetically. The verso lists the "Verbs" from 01 to 50; these were commands used to enter data into the onboard Apollo Guidance Computer via the DSKY interface. Again, note that the Apollo 1 crew tribute stars are shown on this list. Very fine condition.
Duke has certified this list on the front page: "Flown to the Lunar Surface/ Aboard the 'Orion' on/ Apollo 16/ Charles M. Duke, Jr./ Apollo 16 LMP".
Included with this item is a signed, illustrated Letter of Certification from Duke stating, in part: "This is to certify that the accompanying Apollo 16 G&N Dictionary Star List accompanied me to the Moon's surface aboard the LM Orion, where it landed on April 20, 1972. This Star List was a navigational tool that was designed to be used in conjunction with the G&N Dictionary Star Chart for determining position via star fixes... It has remained a treasured part of my personal space collection for the previous 29 years, since its return from the Moon in April, 1972."
Also included with this lot are two identical signed, illustrated Letters of Certification from Duke for the two items together. They state, in part: "This is to certify that the accompanying Apollo 16 -Lunar Module Star Chart and Star List- were used aboard the Apollo 16 Lunar Module 'Orion' on the Moon... During our stay on the Moon, it was necessary to update the 'Orion's' position using our onboard navigation telescope. To do so, we referenced this Star Chart (bearing lunar dust) and its accompanying Star List from our 'G&N Dictionary', and obtained the appropriate coordinates to help determine our position. This helped make our three-day stay on the Moon as success!..."
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