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    Apollo Program: Early Prototype of the Command Module Hand Controller Assembly. From the collection of a Rockwell engineer working in the early Apollo era, here is an amazing piece of moon flight history. A wooden joystick-like handle with carved indented finger grips and a firing button on top mounted to a heavy and sophisticated machine assembly with approximate overall dimensions of 12" x 5.5" x 9". There are numerous numbers stamped and evidence of two original labels - one is missing, the other worn smooth. Eventually, the rotational hand controller grip was to be made of milled aluminum and the button would be moved from the top thumb position to the position of the index finger on the front. This shows a very early configuration. Very good condition with general wear and soiling (much from being on display in the engineer's garage for many years). From the Jerald B. Wilken Space Collection; includes a group of five photocopies showing his association with the Apollo program, including published photos of him with the Apollo 7 and Apollo 8 command modules at the Rockwell facility in Downey, California.

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    November, 2010
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