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    Apollo 9 Flown Scissors Complete with Lanyard and Snap along with the A7L Pocket Assembly Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Lunar Module Pilot Rusty Schweickart, Signed and Certified, with Signed LOA and Photographic Provenance. Measuring approximately 8.25" in length, this stainless steel cutting tool, manufactured by Weck, was used by Schweickart during the first space test of the complete Apollo spacecraft, March 3-13, 1969. The part number "SDB 42100059-202" and serial number "1005" are printed near the hinge on one side; the "Weck", "Weck U.S.A. Stainless", and "Wexteel" markings are engraved on the other. The original brown lanyard and white plastic snap are still present with a part number of "SDB 42100118 702" and a serial number of "1020". Included is the very desirable Pocket Assembly bearing a rarely-offered A7L part number. It consists of two Beta cloth pockets: the Checklist Pouch, 7" x 9.25" (closed), with part number "A7L-201047-03" and serial number "034" and the Scissors Pouch, 3" x 8.5" (closed), with part number "A7L-201048-03" and serial number "021" that were held together by straps. Schweickart has written on the Checklist Pouch: "Utility and Scissors Pouches/ Flown on Apollo 9/ Rusty Schweickart/ Russell L. Schweickart/ Apollo 9 LMP", and on the Scissors Pouch: "Scissors in This Pouch/ Were Flown on Apollo 9/ Rusty Schweickart". A very desirable item, used on an Apollo mission and including a portion of the A7L spacesuit. Light soiling from use on the pouch, scissors still functional, overall very fine.

    Included with this lot is a signed Letter of Authenticity from Schweickart on his personal letterhead stating, in full: "I hereby confirm and certify that the accompanying pair of stainless steel scissors, marked WECK and Wexteel, P/N SDB 42100059-202 S/N 1005, with attached brown lanyard and white plastic snap fastener attachment, P/N SDB 42100118 702 SN 1020, were flown and used by me during the Apollo 9 mission March 3-13, 1969." Also, a color photo of him holding the item.

    Each astronaut on the Apollo missions was given one pair of these scissors that were used for various purposes including the very important task of opening their plastic food pouches. At launch, they were located in this pocket assembly strapped onto one of the legs of their Pressure Garment Assembly and then transferred to the leg of their in-flight coverall garment once in space. The male fastener attached to the lanyard would be snapped onto the female fastener of the scissors pocket to keep them handy but prevent the sharp instrument from flying about the spacecraft.


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    November, 2015
    6th Friday
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