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    Carried in the spacesuit of Commander Scott while he drove the first lunar vehicle on the moon.

    Apollo 15 Lunar Surface Carried Miniature LRV001 Lunar Rover License Plate Directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Commander Dave Scott. An aluminum plate of 1.25" x 0.75" bearing the text: "MOON/ LRV 001/ 1971" with a NASA logo at upper left and a Boeing logo at upper right. Boeing was the prime contractor for the Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) and they manufactured a small number of these mini plates for the first Lunar Rover; Scott carried them in his space suit knee pocket on all three lunar EVAs. Apollo 15 was the first to carry this "moon buggy" and is considered to be the most successful of the lunar missions from a scientific standpoint. Excellent condition.

    Included with this lot is a signed letter of authenticity from Scott stating: "I hereby certify that the accompanying - Metal Rover License Plate, 'LRV 001' (measuring 1.3" x 0.8") was carried by me on the lunar surface during the Apollo 15 exploration of the Hadley Apennine, July 26 - Aug 7, 1971. During the Apollo Program, astronauts were permitted to carry a few personal effects with them on their spaceflights and I, accordingly, carried the above noted miniature lunar rover license plate to the Hadley Apennine Mountains of the Moon. In commemoration of the first use of the Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV), the first vehicle to be driven on another world, I designed and had produced these small license plate replicas for use as presentation mementos after our mission to the Moon. I carried these license plates in the pocket of my Apollo A7L-B EVA Spacesuit during our nearly three- day stay on the Moon. These license plates were also carried with me on the LRV as we drove 27.76 km across the lunar surface during approximately 19 hours of three EVAs exploring the Hadley Apennine region. During the Apollo program, it was NASA's policy to allow astronauts to keep both personal effects, and deposable equipment from their missions, as personal mementos to do with as they wish. As such, I retained this miniature lunar rover license plate for my personal space collection, where it has remained since we returned from the Moon in August 1971. This license plate numbered 'LRV 001' remains one of the few Apollo mission-flown artifacts that descended directly to the lunar surface. It is also one of the few objects to be personally flight-certified by the astronaut who actually carried it to the surface of the Moon."




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    April, 2010
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