The first manned Apollo mission.Apollo 7 Training-Used Early Edition Launch Checklist Book Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Lunar Module Pilot Walter Cunningham, Signed. A 5.5" x 8" book of approximately 120 printed cardstock pages (sixty+ leaves), many with tabs; it is two hole punched and held together loosely by 1.75" diameter binder rings. The pages are coated with a fireproof material, a new method induced by the tragic launch pad fire that took the lives of the Apollo 1 crew in January 1967. It is boldly signed in black on the front cover, "Walt Cunningham," with period notes in red, "Cunningham/ as of 12-22-67" (note the date is nearly ten months before the launch). On the back cover, he has written period notes as to how to improve this checklist, "1) Doesn't have date on it/ 2) holes punch thru some entries". Inside are numerous notes, corrections, and cross outs-made during training by Cunningham. A great early relic from the first manned Apollo mission. Generally fine condition with light wear from use.
We note an interesting anomaly. Page 1-8 in this book (final image on the web) is the "Star List." It is fairly well-known that Gus Grissom was involved with the early planning and production of the Apollo star charts. When they were deciding on which stars to number and name, he made up names for three of the stars in tribute to his fellow Apollo 1 crewmembers. Star #3 was called "Navi" which was his own middle name "Ivan" spelled backwards. Star #17 was named "Regor" which is "Roger" (Chaffee) spelled backwards. Star #20 was "Dnoces" which is "Second" (Ed White II) spelled backwards. After the tragic deaths of the Apollo 1 crew in a training accident, NASA decided to leave these names on future charts as a tribute. The star list in this Apollo 7 (the first manned mission after Apollo 1) does indeed list Star #3 as "Navi" and Star #17 as "Regor." It does not, however, list Star #20 as "Dnoces" but rather by its traditional name of "Talitha."
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