Removed from an Apollo 17 Camera during Man's Last "Deep Space" E.V.A.Apollo 17 Command Module Flown Pan Camera Spring Pin Directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Command Module Pilot Ron Evans, Certified. A steel pin 3.75'" long overall including a 1.5" round ring at top, still with its spring action, and engraved "AVDEL PUSH PULL/ MS17990C310". Ron Evans certified it by writing on it with a fine-tip engraver, as follows: "APOLLO/ XVII/ PAN/ CAMERA" and "EVA 17 DEC 72". Excellent condition.
One of the important scientific goals of the last three Apollo flights was to obtain high-resolution panoramic and high quality metric lunar surface photographs, as well as altitude data from lunar orbit, to aid in the overall exploration of the moon. Cameras contained in Apollo 17's Scientific Instrument Module bay included an ITEK Panoramic and a Fairchild lunar mapping camera. It was the job of the command module pilot to retrieve the film take-up cassettes from this bay on the service module early into the Trans-Earth Coast and store them in the command module for return to Earth. This pin is what held the pan camera's film cassette into the camera. Ron Evans performed the film-retrieval function during what was to be the last "deep space" spacewalk ever on December 17, 1972. He spent just over an hour on this EVA that was broadcast back to Earth. During the EVA, he mentions the pin that holds the cassette. From the transcript:
CMP-EVA (Evans): Okay. Let's see, that's hooked down. And lock it. Yes .... hook laying there. Okay, it's locked so it won't come apart. Okay, where's the old pin. There it is. (Humming) [Ron Evans is retrieving the Panoramic Camera film cassette.]
CMP-EVA Okay, pin is pulled. Frees the handle. And out she comes. Nice and easy. This is a heavy son of a gun...
Included with this lot is a signed Letter of Certification from Jan Evans (Mrs. Ron Evans) stating: "I certify that the Schrader type pin which is offered with this letter, marked as: AVDEL PUSH PULL MSI7990031, was flown to the moon on board the Apollo 17 spacecraft, December 1972. This pin was used by my husband Ron Evens during his EVA, 17 December, 1972. He has etched on the pin: "APOLLO XVII CAMERA" and "EVA 17 DEC 72". The pin has been with our family since the flight."
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