"There was no other insurance available to the crews because of the risk of flights to the moon."Apollo 15 Crew-Signed Insurance Cover Directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Command Module Pilot Al Worden, Signed and Certified, with Signed COA. A 6.5" x 3.625" envelope, postmarked July 26, 1971, with a pictorial NASA cancellation from Kennedy Space Center, Florida. At left is a color cachet of the mission insignia with "NASA Manned Spacecraft Center Stamp Club" printed above and "Official Commemorative Cover" below. The three crewmembers have boldly signed beneath the cachet: "Dave Scott", "Al Worden", and "Jim Irwin". Worden has also signed beneath the flap on the verso: "From My Personal Collection/ Al Worden/ Apollo 15 CMP/ #29". The original stiffening card is included, printed both sides with mission data. Extremely fine condition.
Included with this lot is a letter of authenticity signed "Al Worden" on his letterhead that gives a precise explanation of the history and purpose of these insurance covers. It states (in part): "I hereby certify that the commemorative postal cover number 29 included with this letter was an Apollo 15 insurance cover. It has been in my possession since the flight in 1971. Insurance covers were provided to selected space flight crews by the stamp club at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, Texas. The purpose of these covers was to provide for the crew families in the event the crew did not return from their flight. There was no other insurance available to the crews because of the risk of flights to the moon..."
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