DescriptionApollo 17 Flown American Flag Framed Display Presented by NASA to NBC News Correspondent Jay Barbree. Upon the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon flight, NASA awarded Apollo 17 flown flags to four selected journalists at a black tie dinner in New York. Jay Barbree was one of those honored. This 5.5" x 4.125" cloth U.S. flag is mounted on a certificate stating, in full: "This United States flag was flown during the Apollo 17 mission, December 7-19, 1972. On the 25th Anniversary of the first lunar landing, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration presents this United States flag, carried to the Moon aboard Apollo 17, to: Jay Barbree In appreciation for your coverage of the U.S. space program which helped a generation follow the unfolding dramas of the space age. [signed] Daniel S. Goldin Administrator". Three moonwalkers have signed this same certificate: "Alan Shepard", "Gene Cernan", and "Charlie Duke". One of the photos in the display is of Harrison Schmitt exploring a huge rock on the moon. The photo was taken by Cernan and he has signed it: "To Jay- This Flag Was With Me/ To This Place I Called Home!/ Gene Cernan". The flag, photos and certificate are all matted and framed together to an overall 23" x 27". By the way, the other journalists awarded this honor were Walter Cronkite, Hugh Downs, and Howard Benedict. A handsome piece. Excellent condition.
Included with this lot is a 1996-dated, signed and notarized Letter of Authenticity from Howard S. Benedict as Executive Director of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation reading, in full: "As the Executive Director of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, I was personally present at a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the first lunar landing when NASA presented this United States flag, carried to the moon aboard Apollo 17, to Jay Barbree. The flag display is signed by NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin. Alan Shepard, Gene Cernan and Charlie Duke, three of the 12 astronauts who walked on the moon during Project Apollo, were present, and each signed the display. One of the three pictures mounted on the flag display was taken by Astronaut Gene Cernan while he was on the moon. It is a photograph of a huge lunar boulder with Apollo 17's Lunar Rover parked at its side. Astronaut-geologist Harrison 'Jack' Schmitt is seen exploring the huge rock. Astronaut Cernan wrote on the picture, 'To Jay -- this flag went with me to this place I called home!' He signed it, 'Gene Cernan'".
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