Apollo 17 Lunar Module Flown "Navigational Star Chart" Ori...Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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Presented by Steve Jurvetson: Originally from the Collection of Jim Ruddy, with His Original Provenance File
Apollo 17 Lunar Module Flown "Navigational Star Chart"
Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Commander Gene
Cernan with His Signed Letter of Certification and
Photographic Provenance, in Deluxe Framed Display. This 16" x
7.75" chart is on heavyweight black film with white printing and
was designed to be used in the Lunar Module Challenger. The
Sun and the planets are all portrayed by colored dots in order to
stand out against the star field. The Descent Pitch Trace is
highlighted in yellow and the Ascent Pitch Trace, in green. The
outlines of a number of constellations are shown and many stars are
named and numbered. Included among these stars are those named by
Gus Grissom in honor of his Apollo 1 crew: Navi (Ivan
Grissom); Regor (Roger Chaffee); and Dnoces (Ed White the
Second). Included with the LM flown chart in a super-deluxe
framed presentation of 23.25" x 26.5" is the 2004-dated signed
Letter of Certification from Gene Cernan where he gives a full
explanation of the use and importance of this item:
"THIS IS TO CERTIFY that the accompanying - Navigational Star Chart - was flown aboard the Apollo 17 Lunar Module ‘Challenger ' to the ‘Taurus Littrow Valley' of the Moon, where it landed on December 11th, 1972.
"On December 11", 1972, Harrison Schmitt and I landed our Lunar Module "Challenger" on the Moon during Apollo 17, which was mankind's sixth and final Apollo lunar landing.
"During both our descent to, and ascent from, the Moon, it was necessary to update the "Challenger's"
position using our onboard navigational telescope, and Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC).
"To do so, we referenced this Star Chart to obtain the appropriate navigational coordinates to help determine our position.
"During the Apollo Program, NASA's policy allowed each astronaut to keep both personal effects, and disposable equipment from their flights, as personal mementos to do with as they wished.
"I thus chose to include this flown star chart within my personal space collection, where it has remained since being returned to me by NASA in December, 1972.
"Today, this star chart endures both as a historic relic of mankind's first Apollo lunar landings, and as a fully-documented lunar-surface artifact returned to the Earth from the Moon."
At the bottom of this document is an image of Cernan holding this in his hands and a copy of the verso where he has written: "Flown on Apollo XVII LM./ Gene Cernan".
Other provenance in the accompanying file includes the Bill of Sale where James Ruddy bought this in 2004, the bill for the deluxe framing, and a larger photo of Cernan with the item. A museum quality piece that was in a private collection for many years, ready now for a new home. Excellent. Don't pass this up. A stunning display.
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