DescriptionApollo 7 Flown American Flag Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Command Module Pilot Donn Eisele. This 6" x 4" silk U.S. flag flew along with crewmembers Wally Schirra, Donn Eisele, and Walt Cunningham on this eleven day mission, October 11-22, 1968, the first three-man crew in U.S. space history. Launched atop a Saturn 1B rocket (another first), this was the shakedown cruise to test the newly redesigned Apollo command module. The success of this mission, after the tragic Apollo 1 launch pad fire, was encouraging to NASA and led to the launch of Apollo 8 to the moon just two months later. This flag circled the Earth 163 times and flew four million miles in space. Excellent condition.
Included with this lot is a signed, illustrated Affidavit of Identity/ Letter of Authenticity from Susan Eisele Black (Eisele's widow) stating, in part: "...I, Susan Black, was married to Donn Eisele who was one of the third group of astronauts selected by NASA in October 1963. On October 11, 1968 he occupied the command module pilot seat for the 11-day flight of Apollo VII... I do attest that this is a miniature U.S. flag that was flown in space during the Apollo VII mission."
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