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    APOLLO 16

    Apollo 16 Training-Used Lunar Rover Terrain and Navigation Compass. An interesting two-sided device made of coated cardstock, overall 8" x 10.5", with an 8" diameter rotatable dial marked in degrees mounted on the front with a grommet along with a flip-up sight guide. Instructions at the front top read: "BEARING DETERMINATION/ 1. Line pointer on target/ 2. Level compass/ 3. Set shadow angle/ 4. Read target bearing (3 readings)" and "RETURN TO LM/ 1. Set pointer to LM Bearing/ 2. Level compass/ 3. Rotate compass ass'y to shadow angle/ 4. Note features along LM bearing line". Handwritten beneath is "Descartes/ Apollo 16". The printing date is given as January 14, 1972. This was used to plan a traverse away from the lunar module and to safely return as direction and distance are difficult to determine on the moon by the naked eye. The verso has a "Nominal Shadow Data (April)" chart. A rare item.

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    May, 2014
    14th Wednesday
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