DescriptionApollo 8 Flown Spacecraft Identification Plate from the Personal Collection of Command Module Pilot James Lovell. A brass plate, 3.25" x 1.75" in size, mounted to a 10" x 5" x 0.75" Sheaffer-made marble desk set (writing instruments not present). The brass plate is engraved as follows:
SPACECRAFT # 103
PART NO. V36-000002-501
COL. FRANK BORMAN USAF
CAPT. JAMES A. LOVELL USN
MAJ. WILLIAM A. ANDERS USAF
LAUNCH DATE - 12-21-1968
When Rockwell manufactured the Apollo spacecraft, they attached to the interior structure three identical brass identification plates signifying spacecraft number and other key manufacturing information. Upon completion of the mission, it was a tradition for Rockwell to remove these plates during their post-flight inspection of the spacecraft for presentation back to the astronaut crewmembers as part of a specially built pen & pencil set. This is the flown Rockwell ID plate removed from the Apollo 8 Command Module (Spacecraft #3) and presented to Command Module Pilot James Lovell. Excellent condition.
This lot includes a signed Letter of Authenticity from Lovell on his letterhead stating: "I hereby certify that this spacecraft gold name plate was flown aboard Apollo 8 spacecraft. Apollo 8 was the first journey to the moon in December, 1968. This metal plate is from my personal collection of space artifacts and has been in my possession since the mission."
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