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    ID plate from the last manned spacecraft on the moon.

    Apollo 17 Lunar Module Flown Spacecraft Identification Plate Directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Command Module Pilot Ron Evans. Engraved on this 5.25" x 1.75" metal plaque from the Grumman Aerospace Corporation is the following:
    "APOLLO XVII LUNAR MODULE - 12
    CAPT. E. A. CERNAN, DR. H. H. SCHMITT, CMDR. R. E. EVANS"

    above the Part No. "LDW280-60001-5, the Serial No. "001" and other information such as the Dsgn Cont No. "America-Challenger", Contr No. "NAS 9-1100", and "Launch Date Dec. 7, 1972 Splashdown Dec. 19, 1972". In an unknown hand on the verso is written: "LDW 280 - 60001 - 15/ B - DWG".

    Three of these Lunar Module 12 Identification Plates were flown to the moon on Apollo 17 and returned to Grumman who then presented one ID plate to each crewmember. Of the twelve LMs completed by Grumman, nine were used on manned missions, six of which were moon landings. A rare opportunity to own a real piece of history; Apollo 17 was, to this very day, the last manned lunar landing mission. Very fine condition with a minor bend near the left edge (easily repaired) and glue remnants on the verso.

    Included with this lot is a signed Letter of Certification from Jan Evans (Mrs. Ron Evans) stating: "I certify that this metal Apollo 17 Lunar Module Flown Spacecraft Identification Plate, S/N 001, was one of three flown to the moon on board the lunar module during Apollo 17, December 1972. After the flight this ID Plate was presented to my husband Ron Evans, CMP Apollo 17. It has been with our family since the flight."




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